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  • Blog Post: Prism 5.0 for WPF and .NET 4.5 Just Released

    We are pleased to announce that the Microsoft patterns & practices team just released the Prism Library for WPF and .NET 4.5. As I mentioned when we started the project. the major themes of the release are: Provide Portable Class Library version of Prism library (where reasonable) Address high priority...
  • Blog Post: Have you taken the Prism 4.0 Survey?

    As I mentioned in my blog post on Prism 4.0 we will publish a survey asking for your feedback on Prism 4.0. The Prism 4.0 survey just went live and we need you to help us prioritize the potential features for this release. So hurry up and take the survey and don’t forgot to tell your friends to take...
  • Blog Post: Beta Version of SCSF for VS2010 available on Codeplex

    We just published a beta version of the Smart Client Software Factory for Visual Studio 2010 on Codeplex. Go check it out. This uses the new version of the Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) and Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT). GAX and GAT can be downloaded from the Visual Studio Gallery.
  • Blog Post: We need your feedback on Web Client Guidance

    Last week we posted our 2nd public drop for the Web Client Guidance project . We have over 1000 downloads of our first two drops which is great. We now need to your thoughts on how we are addressing the challenges of responsiveness and modularity which is why we created a discussion topic on Codeplex...
  • Blog Post: Listen to Elegant Code’s recent Webcast on Prism 2.0 with Bob Brumfield and Blaine Wastell

    David Starr and Scott Nichols of Elegant Code recently interviewed Bob and I regarding Prism 2.0 (aka Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight). Check it out for a good walk through of Prism, the differences between Prism 1.0 and Prism 2.0, and the differences between CAB and Prism.
  • Blog Post: Prism training is available from Rolling Thunder

    David Platt from Rolling Thunder is offering a training course on Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight on May 18 – 20. David provides training for both Prism and CAB/Smart Client Software Factory. Check it out if you are looking for training. As I mentioned in a previous blog post we...
  • Blog Post: VB QuickStarts and How To’s Now Available for Prism

    We had a number of customers ask for Visual Basic Versions of the Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight. As Bob stated in his blog, we are excited to announce that QuickStarts and How To’s are now in Visual Basic. This provides guidance of how to use Visual Basic with the Composite Application...
  • Blog Post: Update on SCSF, WCSF, and Software Factories

    A number of customers have asked about our plans for the Web Client Software Factory and the Smart Client Software Factory (SCSF). In a previous post I announced that we are planning on updating the Web Client Software Factor for Visual Studio 2010. We also plan to update SCSF to run on Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Announcing 6 new patterns and practices releases

    The patterns & practices team just published 6 new releases in the last two weeks. Ajoy discusses the releases on his blog . The new releases include: Enterprise Library v4.1 Unity Application Block v1.2 Distributed Agile Development white paper and Agile showcase Application Architecture Guide v2...
  • Blog Post: CAB to Prism Comparison Available on Codeplex

    Our Composite UI Application Block (CAB) customers have been asking for comparison documentation between CAB to Composite Application Guidance for WPF (Prism). You can download the guidance from here . This documentation helps you understand the difference between the libraries to help you plan your...
  • Blog Post: Scope for Prism 2.0

    In my previous post , I mentioned that we planned on creating guidance for Composite Silverlight applications. David Hill just blogged on our plans for Prism 2.0. From this survey we heard you wanted guidance on: Multi-targeting controller, presenters, services, and models for both Silverlight and WPF...
  • Blog Post: Composite for Silverlight Survey

    We are the planning phase to create a composite library for Silverlight. We need your help to prioritize the requirements for this new guidance. Here is a link to the survey . Once we complete the vision/scope for the project, we will post the vision/scope to CodePlex so stay tuned.
  • Blog Post: Loosely coupled communication

    Check our Francis Cheung's blog posts on loosely couple communication for composite WPF applications. Francis discusses three mechanisms for loosely coupled communication: Shared Services Commanding Event Aggregation Francis (did most of the work) and I identified some guidelines on when...
  • Blog Post: Track Prism project

    The Prism project is making good progress toward our first release at the end of June..ish. If you want to track our progress for the past iterations, check out the Releases page on Codeplex. In the current drop, we created: New Event Aggregation QuickStart New Elements added to Prism to support Event...
  • Blog Post: Do we listen to the community?

    Does the patterns & practices client team listen to the community? It is easy for someone in our position to fall into the "ivory tower" trap and not listen to customers. Within patterns & practices we work hard at listening to the community when working on releases. I am interested in hearing...
  • Blog Post: Smart Client Software Factory - April 2008 Release for Visual Studio 2008 is now available on MSDN

    As Mike announced in his blog yesterday, we released an updated version of the Smart Client Software Factory for Visual Studio 2008 . As previously discussed in my blog , this release provides: Support for Visual Studio 2008. Fixes for bugs identified by the community on C odePlex . Side-by-side usage...
  • Blog Post: SCSF April 2008 Alpha for Visual Studio 2008 Published to CodePlex

    In response to customer requests, we just published the Smart Client Software Factory April 2008 Alpha release to CodePlex. As I mentioned in a previous blog we are close to finishing this release. The current plan is to go out with EntLib 3.1 support as we are not taking advantage of new EntLib 4.0...
  • Blog Post: Smart Client Software Factory for Visual Studio 2008 close to shipping

    Now that Web Client Software Factory Shipped and the team is focusing on Prism (the composite scenario on WPF), we are getting customers asking when SCSF and CAB for Visual Studio 2008 will ship. I am happy to say that we are working on porting SCSF and CAB to Visual Studio 2008. We anticipate shipping...
  • Blog Post: Glenn and Blaine Interviewed about patterns & practices

    Glenn and I were interviewed a few weeks back by howsoftwareisbuilt.com. Glenn's blog mentions the different people that are interview on their site including Michael Tiemann, Jay Pipes, Matt Gibbs and Shawn Burke. The subject of this interview was about patterns & practices , how we develop software...
  • Blog Post: WPF Composite Client

    The Acropolis team just announced that the core Acropolis concepts will be rolled into future .NET Framework releases. As Glenn just announced, the patterns & practices team will develop WPF Composite Client guidance. This is not a new version of CAB . It is an entirely new set of libraries and guidance...
  • Blog Post: New CAB/SCSF Workshop Offering by David Platt

    David is doing it again. A new 4 days workshop on CAB & SCSF in October still open positions. I strongly recommend David's class for those of you who want to jump start their understanding of CAB & SCSF. Feedback from previous sessions has been outstanding. Details here: www.programcab.com .
  • Blog Post: Recently released: Draft Hands-on Labs for SCSF May 2007 Release

    We recently released the draft Developer Hands-on Labs for the Smart Client Software Factory May 2007 Release. The labs are available in C#. So try them out and give us your feedback. We are calling the labs draft since we still have some labs to complete (see below). After completing the labs, you...
  • Blog Post: WCSF June 2007 release is live

    As Glenn posted in his blog, the June 2007 release is now live. In my previous post , I outlined the changes in the release. The factory can be downloaded from here and the source code can be downloaded from here . For instructions on installing the factory, go here . If you are upgrading from Web Client...
  • Blog Post: Evaluating SCSF, consider downloading the documentation and feedback on making factories more consumable

    If you are evaluating the Smart Client Software Factory May 2007 release, we now allow you to download the documentation before downloading the entire factory. You can download the documentation from here . Given feedback from the Web Client Software Factory, we know that this is a very common scenario...
  • Blog Post: SCSF June 2006 Release Now Available for Download

    Hey what is going on why are you telling me about Smart Client Software Factory June 2006 Release? Is this back to the future? On the discussion boards, we had a customer ask to download the Smart Client Software Factory June 2006 release, so I just posted it on codeplex .
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