Originally Created: 2005-05-14
I'm not a UI design guru but I can surely recognize a good thing when I see it! Whether you're an architect or developer the CAB from MS patterns & practices will certainly interest you. To quote from Eugenio Pace's blog entry on this subject:
Combine this stuff with the Guidance Automation Toolkit and the various Smart Client initiatives (like Offline App Block and Updater App Block, see EntLib) and I think you can see lots of really flexible UI development possibilities starting to emerge. Furthermore, with Indigo's support for peer-to-peer channels and duplex communications, the notion of treating "users as services" doesn't appear to be so far-fetched after all! Think about it... if UI can be easily custom-composed (using CAB of course) based on a particular message exchange semantic and the task in context, then applications can be built that will really merge users into the message-based and service-oriented world. Ron Jacobs, Clemens Vasters and I had a little discussion about this recently (April 21, 2005).