LitwareHR - SaaS Sample Application

13. February 2007 08:37

Late last week, Microsoft released a sample application to demonstrate some of the best practices in building SaaS (Software as a Service) applications.  I downloaded the code over the weekend, but it was tonight before I finally had a chance to load up the solution and give it a glance.

My first impression!

As emphasized in the accompanying documentation, it does not completely illustrate all possible aspects of SaaS architecture.  However, it  is still a rather thorough example.  I am very impressed with the amount of quality code provided in the solution.  They also deserve props for the documentation.

I particularly like the way it demonstrates an efficient approach for structuring the solution.  It has some similarities to the way WCF Service Factory solutions are constructed, but I prefer the clarity of the approach used by the SaaS demo.  Furthermore, there is a clean separation between specific business services from the actual system runtime services. 

At any rate, I really like the sample based on my initial review.  As I continue to digest the code, I will probably post a few more thoughts.  If you are doing any work in the SaaS domain (or just want to learn more about it), you definitely need to take a look at this sample.

Source Code and Documenation:

CodePlex Project:


2/14/2007 2:20:04 AM #


See, if you had made the BugDotNet meeting in the middle of the tornadoes, you would have seen how IIS 7 can help you utilize WCF...  Just kidding with you, we only had 3 people show up.  I am really enjoying reading your blog and getting the chance to see what new technologies/ideas you are working on.


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2/14/2007 10:33:09 AM #



I'm sorry to hear attendance was so low at the last meeting.  Of course, severe weather does tend to drive away the casual members.  It typically won't stop the hardcore guys. ;p

If it had not been for a cousin's birthday party that evening, I would have been there.  

Thanks for dropping a comment.  It's good to know that at least a few people read my rambling thoughts...and possibly get something out of it.

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2/21/2007 6:52:52 PM #

There is this new screencast about LitwareHR's Datacenter Provisioning that you may find interesting. It is available here:

Share your thoughs with LitwareHR community: Smile

Ariel Schapiro

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3/12/2007 1:24:00 PM #

Based on customer feedback, we released a Windows XP specific installer for LitwareHR that automates the procedures documented in the HowTo. Hopefully this will make your evaluation of LitwareHR easier.

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Ariel Schapiro

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3/12/2007 6:40:49 PM #


Thanks for the update.  I will be sure to check it out.

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