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Colin White

I like the various blogs associated with my many hobbies and even those to do with work. I find them very useful and I was excited when the Business Intelligence Network invited me to write my very own blog. At last I now have somewhere to park all the various tidbits that I know are useful, but I am not sure what to do with. I am interested in a wide range of information technologies and so you might find my thoughts will bounce around a bit. I hope these thoughts will provoke some interesting discussions.

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Colin White is the founder of BI Research and president of DataBase Associates Inc. As an analyst, educator and writer, he is well known for his in-depth knowledge of data management, information integration, and business intelligence technologies and how they can be used for building the smart and agile business. With many years of IT experience, he has consulted for dozens of companies throughout the world and is a frequent speaker at leading IT events. Colin has written numerous articles and papers on deploying new and evolving information technologies for business benefit and is a regular contributor to several leading print- and web-based industry journals. For ten years he was the conference chair of the Shared Insights Portals, Content Management, and Collaboration conference. He was also the conference director of the DB/EXPO trade show and conference.

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It's fun when hobbies and work matters have some commonality. As a robotics fan it was interesting therefore to see Microsoft's recent announcement of the Microsoft Robotics Studio. To quote the press release:

"Today at RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition 2006, Microsoft Corp. showcased the community technology preview (CTP) of a new Windows-based environment for academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotic applications for a wide variety of computing platforms. The community technology preview of the Microsoft Robotics Studio is available for download at http://msdn.microsoft.com/robotics."

The Microsoft Robotics Studio includes a visual programming tool (supports Visual C#, Visual Basic .NET, Jscript, and the Microsoft IronPython programming languages), a 3-D robot application simulator, and a light-weight services-oriented runtime based on .NET. Key vendors supporting the initiative include the LEGO Group, Fischertechnik and Parallax. Universities involved include Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Cornell, Stanford, and Georgia Tech.

As with any Microsoft announcement feedback falls into two camps. On one hand people are very enthusiastic about a set of powerful tools for doing robotics education, development, and deployment. While others are saying the model is too complex, too resource intensive, and yet another example of Microsoft trying to control the world. Regardless, this is fun way of explaining services-oriented architecture to people!

Posted June 26, 2006 6:23 PM
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I am a mechanical Engineer.
I like robotics.

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