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Architect's Master Class


Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn and improve your architecture skills with Juval Lowy, and share his passion for architecture and software engineering.

While many developers and managers have a clear idea regarding the characteristics and practices, and corresponding set of responsibilities of their own roles, the picture is often vague when it comes to software architects. What is the single most important task facing the software architect? What is the division of labor and responsibilities between the architect and the project manager? How much the architecture should be tied in to the particulars of the underlying technology used, or for that matter, for the specifics of the projects? What are the necessary skills and analysis tools employed by an architect? How do you validate the design before construction? How do methodologies such as service-orientation affect the design and development process? What are software architecture best practices, guidelines and pitfalls? How do you go about designing world-class systems? How do you make the transition from abstract design patterns and concepts to concrete development decisions? The class answers the above questions using a combination of frontal lecture and interactive and accelerated design sessions. Conducted in the style of a classic Master Class, Juval will provide the common foundation of modern service-oriented applications required by software architects.

Noteworthy is that this class is called the Architect´s Master Class (as opposed to the Architecture Master Class) because it is dedicated to core body of knowledge required of today´s architects, knowledge that transcends mere design patterns and architecture. The core body of knowledge comprises of three elements: development process and project leadership skills, technology, and finally analysis and design. The class agenda reflects these three elements. The first day is devoted to the accompanying service-oriented development process and the required project management skills. The second and third days are an accelerate course in WCF, ensuring the architect is a qualified technical lead in all aspects of WCF, such as interface-based design and factoring, service oriented design, general design principal and patterns concerning reliability, data transfer, instance management scalability and throughput, availability and responsiveness, loosely coupled systems, fault propagation, transaction management, concurrency management and security scenarios. In the fourth and fifth day Juval will explain the IDesign original approach to large system analysis and design and the IDesign Methodª for capturing the design decisions.

Juval will interactively design one or two systems by soliciting from the students requirements for an actual application, and proceeding in real time to design the system, outlining the architecture that addresses the requirements, discussing logical tiers, security, interoperability, scalability, transactions, and other aspects of a service-oriented application. Students will see how to approach rarely discussed topics such as allocation of services to assemblies, allocation of services to processes, transaction boundaries, identity management, authorization and authentication boundaries and more. Any .NET architect, project lead or senior developer would benefit greatly from the class. The class relies on WCF as a reference model.

Who Should Attend:

Any .NET developer or architect would benefit greatly from the WCF training. Basic familiarity with C# 3.0 and system programming is recommended.

Course Outline:

The Architect

  • Modern software systems
  • Types of architects
  • Architecture and technology
  • Service-oriented programming

Service-Oriented Development Process

  • Project planning
  • Estimation and tracking
  • Documentation
  • Requirement management and traceability
  • Configuration management
  • Quality control
  • Design for performance
  • Services simulation and emulation
  • Peer reviews
  • Development standards
  • Metrics collection
  • Visibility management
  • Avoiding Process Groupthink

Introduction to Service-Orientation

  • What are services
  • Service-oriented architecture
  • Service-oriented applications

WCF Essentials

  • Service-oriented programming
  • Using WCF
  • WCF architecture
  • Implementation considerations

Service Contract Design and Factoring

  • Service contract design
  • Contract factoring techniques
  • Contract metrics

Service-Oriented Design Patterns and Best Practices

  • Data contracts versioning, data contract and data tables
  • Instance management and throttling
  • Operations and event management
  • .NET Services Bus and cloud-assisted applications
  • Transaction management and consistency
  • Concurrent management, responsiveness and availability
  • Security scenarios

Design and Architecture Case Studies

  • Service granularity
  • Use cases analysis
  • Assembly allocation
  • Run-time processes design
  • Identity management
  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Transaction flow
  • Synchronization
  • Code-access security policy

Microsoft recognized Juval as a Software Legend as one of the world's top .NET experts and industry leaders.

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Date & Location

Häcker's Grand Hotel
Bad Ems, Germany

September 17-22, 2012
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The Architect's Master Class

Juval Löwy is the founder of IDesign and a seasoned software architect specializing in system architecture and large applications design. Juval helps IDesign customers design scaleable, robust, reusable, and extensible applications, verifying that they meets the required quality, scalability, security, availability and throughput goals. Juval is Microsoft’s Regional Director for the Silicon Valley, working with Microsoft on helping the industry adopt .NET 3.0. Juval also participates in the Microsoft internal strategic design reviews for future versions of .NET and related technologies. Juval is a frequent speaker at the major international software development conferences, where he presents his techniques and breakthroughs and he chairs the .NET track at the Dev Connections and SD West conferences. Juval published several bestsellers, and his latest book is Programming WCF Services (O'Reilly 2007). Juval published numerous articles, regarding almost every aspect of developing with .NET. Microsoft recognized Juval as a Software Legend as one of the world's top .NET experts and industry leaders.
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