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[Podcast] Durable Services with WCF, WF, and NServiceBus

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

In this podcast we’ll look at the issues around Durable Services, what makes them stateful or stateless, as well as how WCF and WF can be used to implement them. Finally, we’ll compare solutions based on .NET 3.5 and on NServiceBus–covering aspects such as transactions and persistent time-outs.

Suresh asks:

Hi Udi,

I’ve been reading about the coming “durable services” that will be available with the next version of WCF. I also have been listening to your podcasts and reading your blog posts about NServiceBus where you talk about long-running workflows. It sounds like both of these technologies are trying to solve the same problem.

Do durable services do away with long-running workflow? If so, does that mean we don’t need Workflow Foundation either? If not, what is the connection between them.

If you could shed some light on the matter that would be great.

Suresh

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Martin Fowler: ALT.NET important to the viable future of the Microsoft ecosystem

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I’ve started writing for the good folks at InfoQ, and my first item is now up here. I considered this the best way for me to talk about the whole ALT.NET thing. Here’s the summary:

ALT.NET is a new, developer-organized global community started by several influencers including David Laribee, Scott Bellware, Roy Osherove and others. What differentiates this community from the many user groups already in existence is its focus on pragmatic values rather than technology. However, some debate has already arisen around the perceived elitism of such a group.  Martin Fowler commented that: "I have high hopes for the ALT.NET community. I believe this kind of community is important to the viable future of the Microsoft ecosystem, and I want a healthy Microsoft world."

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[Article] Occasionally Connected Systems Architecture: Concurrency

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

My latest article has now been published on www.Developer.com:

Occasionally Connected Systems Architecture: Concurrency

When designing systems that support users who need to work offline, one of the challenges developers face is how to deal with concurrency problems when these users re-connect and synchronize their data with the server. Explore patterns for conflict identification and resolution in the first of this series on Occasionally Connected Systems Architecture.

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[Podcast] Thread-Safe Asynchronous Smart Clients

Friday, October 12th, 2007

In this podcast we’ll look at various patterns involved in creating MVC-based Smart Clients which communicate using asynchronous messaging and how to avoid threading problems there.

Neil asks:

Hi Udi,

We’re building a smart client application that uses WCF for full-duplex communications with our server. This is the asynchronous communication you talk about in your podcast. The smart-client is based on the MVC pattern, where model objects raise events when they’re changed so that the views can update themselves.

What’s started happening recently is that the smart-client has been freezing-up on us intermittently. We don’t know how to debug this and are wondering if its an architectural problem.

Any help you can give would be most appreciated.

Neil

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Ask Udi Podcast now iTunes friendly

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

I’ve finally gotten around to doing it – the Ask Udi Podcast now has enclosures for all the MP3 files.

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Trusting vendors with your SOA strategy

Friday, October 5th, 2007

I ran into this not so long ago besmirching Microsoft’s lack of “SOA Strategy”.

Straight off the bat, the slant is apparent:

“Microsoft doesn’t enjoy the best reputation in the tech community as what you might call a “team player.” Part of this is the open source community’s doing: They’re vocal and they value open code, which obviously hasn’t been a big priority for Microsoft.”

And the other big players that are buying everything that have an “S” in their name, that is called being a “team player”? Give me a break.

Other nameless bashers are brought to bear as well:

“The problem is, many technologists say Microsoft is being a bit vague and noncommittal about SOA. They wonder if Microsoft even has a real strategy for a service-based architecture.”

Seeing as the industry hasn’t even agreed on what is, or isn’t SOA, I’d say that the industry as a whole is “being a bit vague”. Is it about technology? Business? Both? In what way is it different from Enterprise Architecture? Solutions Architecture? Heck, we at the International Association of Software Architects [IASA] are still trying to help get a handle on just the “A” – Architecture.

Here’s some more:

“I think what’s confusing matters is Microsoft’s inability, thus far, to reconcile SOA’s demands for open code and standards with a business model that’s thrived on proprietary solutions.”

Given that we haven’t agreed what SOA is, stating that it “demands … open code” is something of a stretch. More so when we realize that architecture is primarily independent of technology. Code, open or otherwise, has little impact on whether a given architecture is service-oriented or not.

The piece also points to Eric Roch’s post which brings in the whole ESB debacle. Using yet another ill-defined TLA to bring clarity to SOA, yep, that’s the ticket.

Look, I’ve never been one to applaud Microsoft’s SOA efforts. But then again, I’ve never done that for any vendor or consulting firm. I wouldn’t trust any vendor with defining strategy for my clients, be that SOA strategy or anything else. You wouldn’t expect a vendor to come in, take a look around, and say, “Our products are simply incompatible with the way you do business here, goodbye.” even if that is the reality. So I really don’t understand what all the ruckus is about.



Creating Stateful Services with NServiceBus

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

On one of the projects I’m consulting on they needed some special behavior to handle the following scenario:

Since the service needs to perform all request processing in near-real-time, it caches all data from the DB in memory (yes, that’s a lot of memory). Since the service needs to handle multiple requests concurrently, we’re using multiple threads (so far, so good). The problem is that we don’t want the service to handle messages received until it’s finished caching everything. Also, we don’t want that check to show up in every message handler (important when you have lots of message types).

This is actually quite easy to do with NServiceBus. Here’s how:

Have a thread-safe class, let’s call it Loader, for the API to the caching. Something along the lines of:

If (!Loader.HasCachedEverything)
  Loader.CacheEverything();

Obviously, the Loader will have internal logic for checking if it has already started loading things from the DB, so that it won’t do the same thing twice.

OK, now on to the interesting stuff.

We’d like to have the above code run no matter which kind of message we’ve received, so we just write a “generic” message handler – which handles “IMessage” like so:

public class CachingMessageHandler : BaseMessageHandler<IMessage>
{
  public void Handle(IMessage message)
  {
    If (!Loader.HasCachedEverything)
    {
      Loader.CacheEverything();
      this.bus.HandleCurrentMessageLater();
      this.CanContinue = false;
    }
  }
}

When the message handler calls “HandleCurrentMessageLater”, the bus puts the current message in the back of the queue. If you’ve configured a transactional transport, this will be safe even in the case of a server restart.

Also, notice the “CanContinue = false”. This tells the bus that the message should not be passed on to any other message handlers, even if there are those that are configured to handle it.

We’ll also package this class up by itself, keeping it separate from the core logic of the service – making it easier to version these cross cutting concerns and the service logic. Let’s put it in “CrossCuttingConcerns.dll”

The final thing needed in order to achieve the behavior described above is to configure this message handler to run before any other handler. This is done in the config file of the process, under the “bus” object, in the “MessageHandlerAssemblies” property like so:

        <property name="MessageHandlerAssemblies">
          <list>
            <value>CrossCuttingConcerns</value>
            <value>ServiceLogic</value>
          </list>
        </property>

This is similar to the way HttpHandlers are (were?) configured in IIS – the order of the handlers defines the order in which the bus dispatches messages to them.

And that’s it.

We’re done.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask about NServiceBus, please feel free to send them my way: Questions@NServiceBus.com.

And just in closing I’d like to say that I don’t necessarily think you should be creating stateful services, but that there’s a time and place for everything.



ObjectBuilder synchronization features needed for pub/sub-ing Smart Clients

Friday, September 28th, 2007

I’ve been getting some questions from the Dependency Injection folks out there as to why I have my own Object Builder wrapping the framework. There are two very good reasons why I do this:

The first is to insulate the framework and application code that I write from the choice of one dependency injection technology or another. I want the ability to switch easily from one to the other – not so much that projects go back and forth. Updating those config files is definitely not easy. However, it allows me to have “portable” framework code that is applicable to all the projects I consult on, regardless of their choice of technology.

The second has to do with NServiceBus specifically. In order to make use of duplex communication on smart clients, you need a background thread. That thread will be updating the same (model) objects as the UI thread. That means we need synchronization. I prefer to use .NET’s built-in synchronization domains in order to solve this rather thorny problem.

The only thing is that message handlers need to be in the synchronization domain so that they can easily update those objects. However, the Bus object must not be in the synchronization domain so that if we’ve received a large update from the server, we won’t be locking out the UI thread from interacting with data on the client.

Since the bus makes use of a dependency injection framework to create message handlers, this was the best place to put the code which causes message handlers to run within the synchronization domain.

Be aware that in order to enjoy this feature, you need to split up those large server updates into multiple, logical objects (that implement IMessage), but you can still publish them all in one go using the method:

void Publish(params IMessage[] messages);

And, of course, you need to set the JoinSynchronizationDomain property of the Object Builder.

I’ll have a podcast coming out on this topic soon.

You can get the code here:

Object Builder.zip

But you’ll have to get the Spring Framework code from the official site. Make sure you download RC 1.1. Then, take the binaries and copy them to the “BIN” folder of the Object Builder solution. If you’re looking to save on some “weight”, you only need “Spring.Core.dll”, “Common.Logging.dll” and “antlr.runtime.dll” for the solution to compile. You will need one of the logging implementations DLLs to get anything written to a log, obviously.



NServiceBus performance boost

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Just wanted to put out this quick update since it makes quite a big difference when using the non-WCF MSMQ transport.

Get it here:

Download version 1.2 of NServiceBus.

I’ll also be doing a bit of restructuring soon – splitting it up into multiple solutions; one for the NServiceBus core, another for the transports, and a third for the example code. I’m also planning on upgrading to the latest version of Spring, which will decrease dependence on specific versions of log4net.



Get Udi for free, via the INETA Speakers Bureau

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
ineta.png   I am honoured to have been accepted to Europe’s INETA Speakers Bureau. What this means is:

“The INETA Europe Speaker Bureau provides usergroup leaders top notch speakers for their key events. The speakers are provided at no cost to the usergroup.
To request a speaker for your usergroup meeting login as usergroup leader and select Request Speaker on top of the list.”

Can’t wait to meet you all.



   


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It was a pleasure to finally meet Udi in Seattle Alt.Net OpenSpaces 2008, where I was pleasantly surprised at how down-to-earth and approachable he was. His depth and breadth of software knowledge also became apparent when discussion with his peers quickly dove deep in to the problems we current face. If given the opportunity to work with or recommend Udi I would quickly take that chance. When I think .Net Architecture, I think Udi.”

Sverre Hundeide Sverre Hundeide, Senior Consultant at Objectware
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He started out with sketching a naive traditional n-tier application (big ball of mud), and based on suggestions from the audience we explored different solutions which might improve the solution. Whatever suggestions we threw at him, he always had a thoroughly considered answer describing pros and cons with the suggested solution. He obviously has a lot of experience with real world enterprise SOA applications.”

Raphaël Wouters Raphaël Wouters, Owner/Managing Partner at Medinternals
“I attended Udi's excellent course 'Advanced Distributed System Design with SOA and DDD' at Skillsmatter. Few people can truly claim such a high skill and expertise level, present it using a pragmatic, concrete no-nonsense approach and still stay reachable.”

Nimrod Peleg Nimrod Peleg, Lab Engineer at Technion IIT
“One of the best programmers and software engineer I've ever met, creative, knows how to design and implemet, very collaborative and finally - the applications he designed implemeted work for many years without any problems!

Jose Manuel Beas
“When I attended Udi's SOA Workshop, then it suddenly changed my view of what Service Oriented Architectures were all about. Udi explained complex concepts very clearly and created a very productive discussion environment where all the attendees could learn a lot. I strongly recommend hiring Udi.”

Daniel Jin Daniel Jin, Senior Lead Developer at PJM Interconnection
“Udi is one of the top SOA guru in the .NET space. He is always eager to help others by sharing his knowledge and experiences. His blog articles often offer deep insights and is a invaluable resource. I highly recommend him.”

Pasi Taive Pasi Taive, Chief Architect at Tieto
“I attended both of Udi's "UI Composition Key to SOA Success" and "DDD in Enterprise Apps" sessions and they were exceptionally good. I will definitely participate in his sessions again. Udi is a great presenter and has the ability to explain complex issues in a manner that everyone understands.”

Eran Sagi, Software Architect at HP
“So far, I heard about Service Oriented architecture all over. Everyone mentions it – the big buzz word. But, when I actually asked someone for what does it really mean, no one managed to give me a complete satisfied answer. Finally in his excellent course “Advanced Distributed Systems”, I got the answers I was looking for. Udi went over the different motivations (principles) of Services Oriented, explained them well one by one, and showed how each one could be technically addressed using NService bus. In his course, Udi also explain the way of thinking when coming to design a Service Oriented system. What are the questions you need to ask yourself in order to shape your system, place the logic in the right places for best Service Oriented system.

I would recommend this course for any architect or developer who deals with distributed system, but not only. In my work we do not have a real distributed system, but one PC which host both the UI application and the different services inside, all communicating via WCF. I found that many of the architecture principles and motivations of SOA apply for our system as well. Enough that you have SW partitioned into components and most of the principles becomes relevant to you as well. Bottom line – an excellent course recommended to any SW Architect, or any developer dealing with distributed system.”

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