Don Smith

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  • Blog Post: Updating the factories to VS2010

    This is just a quick post to let you know that I just posted an update over on the p&p team blog . Since this effort spans GAT/GAX and 3 factories, it makes more sense to post the updates there instead of here. Sorry for any confusion. Feel free to ping me if you have any questions. I'll still be...
  • Blog Post: Using MessageContracts and DataContracts

    Users of the Service Factory often ask about the rationale behind the required use of MessageContracts even though the use of MessageContracts aren't mandated by WCF. I've answered this question in other venues, but it seemed like a good thing to put here in case I need to point others to it in the future...
  • Blog Post: A time for reflection and assessment

    Wow, it's hard to believe it has been almost a year since the patterns & practices team released our first software factories. Remember when the early customer previews were called Baseline Architecture Toolkits? Oh, the nostalgia :) We could have had so much fun with the BAT acronym ... haha. ...
  • Blog Post: First Service Factory v3 Community Drop

    Okay, we're off and running now. Earlier today I posted the first of many community drops for Service Factory v3 - don't let "build 19" fool you - this is the first one. It took us longer than expected to get this one out the door, but we're all set now. I suspect the first question you have is "...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Aaron's new Service Factory article on MSDN

    Steven just told me that Aaron Skonnard's latest Service Factory article about the December release was just published through his Service Station column in the MSDN Magazine . Talk about timing ... sweet. Even though it was written and finished before we locked down the code, it is still very accurate...
  • Blog Post: ... come and get yer Service Factory!

    That's right ladies and gentlemen, the December release of the Web Service Software Factory and a VB.NET version is now available for your consumption, modification, and production pleasures :) Okay, I'm just going to do 3 things in this post since I know there will be many more to follow: Lay...
  • Blog Post: Emerging Guidance

    Versioning Web Services Introduction Versioning Concepts Relationship Scenarios Principles and Motivations A Versioning Strategy Summary Introduction Most software systems evolve over time, and it is always challenging to manage the associated complexity of their evolution. When...
  • Blog Post: Handcrafting WCF-friendly WSDLs

    It's 10:15 pm and I'm still in the office, but I really think I should get this entry posted before I head home - or it won't ever get posted. I was supposed to be working on my demo for my Service Factory session at the SOA Conference tomorrow, but I got side-tracked early in the day when I started...
  • Blog Post: WCF Guidance Packages now available for consumption

    If you've been following the Service Factory project , you'll know that we had to put the WCF guidance on hold for a little while as we were getting the ASMX Service Factory released . Well ever since it was released, we've been working on getting caught up on the WCF guidance. This actually took longer...
  • Blog Post: Partial Classes & the Service Factory

    I just posted the Service Factory Hands-on Labs to the community workspace and I learned something while I was putting them together. So, I'm going to do 2 things in this post. First, I'm going to do a little cheerleading for partial classes, then I'll talk about an issue Service Factory currently has...
  • Blog Post: Service Factory now available for download!

    Before I get ahead of myself, which comes pretty easy for me J , here’s the link to learn more about and download the Service Factory . Wow, I’ve been waiting 8 months to write this blog entry. After months of planning, arguing, development, sleep deprivation, testing, writing, and making sure all...
  • Blog Post: Just Published: Service Factory ARCast

    Ron Jacobs did a load of ARCasts at Tech-Ed in Boston this year. One of them was with Shy Cohen and I about the Service Factory . Well, I just got an email from Ron that he's gotten around to publishing it on Skyscrapr . I can't imagine how many of these things he has queued up that he still has to publish...
  • Blog Post: How Teams Build Services

    With all this talk of software factories, it's important that we understand the different ways teams will use them to build services. I talk to a lot of customers and, of course, there are several different approaches a team might choose. I hope this post will be informative, but hopefully, the comments...
  • Blog Post: Service Factory: Editing (part 1)

    For this installment, I'm illustrating 2 examples of what I call "level 1 changes" to a guidance package. These are the easiest kinds of changes that don't even require any code changes. I'm also using the (very improved) May community drop and you'll get to see a very small peak at the security guidance...
  • Blog Post: Service Factory: Entity Translation

    For the third installment I've decided to talk about the entity translation (mapping) capability of the guidance package. Specifically, this is mapping between the entities that are [de]serialized to/from the wire representation and the entities that represent the business domain model. This time I used...
  • Blog Post: Service Factory: Contracts

    Here's the second installment of my blogcast series on Service Factory. In this one I show how to create WCF data contracts and service contracts. It's a little bigger and longer than I would have preferred, but since I was building the project (a wine rating app) from scratch, I guess that's what took...
  • Blog Post: Service Factory: A Brief Introduction

    Here is the first installment of a series of blogcasts I hope to continue that are focused on the project I'm working on. This is just a quick 11 slide PowerPoint presentation that gives you the rationale and scope of the project. It's really the best place to start and it's only 15 minutes. Just ignore...
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