Monday, 6 September 2004

'Architecture' articles

OK, so I got flamed a bit for sending around this article - .NET Architecture Center: : Secrets of Great Architects. Yes, you have to (try and) ignore the gung-ho Microsoft-speak about "being a *great* architect" but the fundamentals are all there.

Possibly this is a better article Realizing a Service-Oriented Architecture with .NET - it's shorter, easier to read and the pictures make more sense. The scope is a litter narrower, but still a useful read for anyone who thinks 'architecture' is only for buildings.

This info on Developing Identity-Aware ASP.NET Applications is useful and "also provides detailed prescriptive guidance for implementing intranet and extranet ASP.NET applications that are integrated with Active Directory."

Wednesday, 1 September 2004

Localization Resources with ASP.NET 2.0

Two CodeProject articles on Creating multilingual websites are great sources of information, and actually mirror the way I've also approached the problem with my own projects.

But something I hadn't read much about (yet) is Using Resources for Localization with ASP.NET 2.0 (Fredrik Normén's) which was linked from CodeProject. The approach in ASP.NET 2.0 still seems a bit clumsy to me - still no "built in" way to have site-wide localization management, nor a simple cross-over between localization of static elements (such as labels, text, html elements) and database-resident information (product names, news items, etc). You could argue that there are a multitude of possibilities and that Microsoft can't address all possible permutations -- but why not at least offer a basic solution, like they do for Authentication, Personalization, MasterPages, etc???