“Microsoft Visual Studio Team System will help us continue doing good work on the State of Washington Digital Archives with a very small development team.”
Adam Jansen, Digital Archivist, State of Washington
Less than a year after launching the first software solution in the United States designed to archive the historical records of an entire state, developers of the Washington State Digital Archives approached a major enhancement with two goals in mind:
- Streamline the original code base, which was built mostly on theoretical models.
- Support a database anticipated to grow from 30 gigabytes to 10 terabytes by late 2006, at a rate determined not by the development group but by external agencies.
To reduce the code base and boost functionality, developers replaced hand-coded routines with built-in capabilities from the Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 development system primarily encrypted URLs that prevent unauthorized data extraction, and powerful personalization technologies such as Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Master Pages and Membership application programming inter-faces.
To support database growth, developers used features in the Microsoft SQL Server™ 2005 database management system such as en-hanced horizontal and vertical data partition-ing, robust support for native XML, and full-text searching and indexing.
In just two months, the three-and-a-half-person development group released the
upgrade, which offers the following benefits:
- 20 percent smaller code base for higher performance and easier maintenance
- Highly personalized access for more-welcoming user experience
- Easier, faster, and more effective search-ing of multiple terabytes of data
Developers also have installed Microsoft Visual Studio Team System to use for deliver-ing business case analyses, technical docu-mentation, and greater traceability while maintaining a small development team.
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