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Welcome to Shaping Software!  Shaping Software is written for anyone who wants to improve software success.  This can include architects, developers, testers, product managers, and project managers. Learn the principles, patterns and practices that will make you more effective. My purpose for this blog is to share the body of guidance in software engineering that I’ve built over the years, while working with customers and experts in the field. While there’s a lot of existing information on software engineering, it can often be difficult to find, understand or use. My hope is that you will benefit from this collection of principles, patterns and practices that I share. In return, I hope to get feedback and continue to improve the body of knowledge.

About the Author

My name is J.D. Meier. I’m currently a Principal Program Manager for the patterns & practices group at Microsoft which produces patterns & practices.  I focus on software engineering and quality attributes. I’ve performed more than 750 architecture and design reviews for customers and use that experience to create customer-facing guidance. In addition to books, I’ve authored several knowledge base articles, MSDN Magazine articles, and online MSDN articles.

My Books

My Microsoft Projects

My Personal Projects

  • Guidance Share Wiki – a body of prescriptive guidance for software engineering, including principles, patterns, and practices.