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  • Blog Post: Events this Week – September, 7th, 2010

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar , and all events entered in Community Megaphone are also automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar...
  • Blog Post: Community Megaphone Podcast Show #16 with Guest John Blumenauer

    The latest episode of the Community Megaphone Podcast is up! In this episode, Dane and I talk to John Blumenauer, from Germantown, MD. We discuss MEF, the Orchard Project, as well as John’s work in the community including his user group, the Frederick .NET User Group. We also found time for a little...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell scripting in MEF-based applications

    In my last post , I gave an overview of an approach to making MEF-based applications scriptable. While there are many .NET compatible scripting languages available these days, I used Iron Python in my last post since hosting it is so simple. This post builds upon the last (so read that one first), but...
  • Blog Post: Python scripting in MEF-based applications

    Extensible applications typically allow developers to extend the application’s functionality by implementing new components. Scriptable applications typically allow power users to either extend or automate the application’s functionality by writing scripts that can be executed in the context...
  • Blog Post: Bringing MEF and REST love to the UK and at FEST 10

    Next week I’m coming to the UK where I’ll be spreading the MEF love at FEST 10 and in events in a few other cities. I’ll also be talking about REST and the new work we are doing in WCF to provide a better experience for building RESTful systems. Below is the event schedule Date/Time Event Location Talk...
  • Blog Post: Open sourced .NET libraries in Mono

    Recently Miguel did a post that made me smile. He talked about several libraries from Microsoft which were released under an OSS license and thus incorporated into the Mono tree and ship as part of Mono 2.8. I smiled for two reasons. One, I was happy to see that Microsoft is becoming more and more open...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Extending VS 2010 to Support Additional Programming Languages

    The Visual Studio team has sponsored a set of Visual Studio Extensibility walkthroughs that will be hosted on www.devx.com .  The first walkthrough showed how to write a blogging extension for VS 2010 and demonstrated the basics of VSPackages, Commands, Tool Windows, and MEF.  In this walkthrough...
  • Blog Post: A data-driven MEF bootstrapper

    Overview MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework), introduced in .NET 4.0 (under System.ComponentModel.Composition), provides a powerful framework for creating extensible applications. Traditionally, extensible applications have a large and often fixed core with specific extension points to allow the...
  • Blog Post: Mixing MEF and PIAB

    The Policy Injection Application Block (PIAB) provides a way to dynamically apply cross-cutting concerns by configuration or attributes. The combination of this technique and composition using Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) can be realized through the use of a factory method as demonstrated here...
  • Blog Post: Way of MEF slides and Code

    Thanks to everyone who came out to the “Way of MEF” education day in Cupertino. I had a great time and you were an awesome audience. I really appreciate all the great / in-depth questions. It showed that you really were keeping along. I also enjoyed all the different side conversations, and all the times...
  • Blog Post: MEF features for v.next – feedback request

    We’re in planning phase for MEF for quite some time. I believe we have a very decent idea of things that needs improvement, and the priority of those. Of course, our team has limited resources so there are no promises whether we can actually ship any of those in the next MEF release. That said, it would...
  • Blog Post: MEF day in SF, “The Way of MEF, the Path to Enlightenment”

    On Saturday June 12th I am stoked to be coming to the SF bay area on behalf of the Bay.Net UG where I’ll be delivering a full day on MEF! We’re going to cover a world of topics as you can see from the list below. 1. How to lazily instantiate parts to conserve processor cycles 2. Self-describing parts...
  • Blog Post: MEF has shipped!!!

    You might have missed it, but a few weeks ago MEF V1 shipped in .NET 4.0 and Silverlight 4 ! As a team we’re really happy to have seen MEF hit the wild. We believe MEF helps you to build better applications that are easier to extend. To get started with MEF, go visit our wiki here So far we’ve...
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