Eugenio Pace

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  • Blog Post: LitwareHR - Smart Client - Architecture Overview - Part II - Use of LitwareHR On-Line Services

    One of the reasons building LitwareHR-SC was fairly easy to do, was because of the Non-Functional On-Line Services. By non-functional services, I mainly mean the metadata API exposed by LitwareHR that allows anybody to introspect into the customized details of a specific tenant instance of the application...
  • Blog Post: LitwareHR-Smart Client - Architecture Overview - Part I

    The implementation of LitwareHR-SC is fairly straight forward. Especially if you are familiar with CAB and SC-SF . When you open LitwareHR-SC solution you will see a number of projects: Infrastructure.Interface (to share common definitions like command names, constants, etc.) Infrastructure.Layout (to...
  • Blog Post: Test Post - LitwareHR Smart Client - End to end demo

    I'm still working on the audio, but I wanted to share the video at least of an end-to-end demo of LitwareHR Smart Client. Also a good excuse to test the Silverlight plug-in for Live Writer by James Clarke . What you'll see: Folder structure (especially for dependencies) Project structure...
  • Blog Post: LitwareHR Smart Client beta released!

    Update: I just posted the release bits with minor things adjusted. The first release of LitwareHR Smart Client is available for download from CodePlex here . We are calling it a "beta" because there are still a few things we are working on, but I believe you will find the sample useful and usable...
  • Blog Post: My new role and responsibilities in Microsoft

    I have just joined the Software as a Service (SaaS) group in the Microsoft Architecture Strategy Team. I will miss my team at patterns & practices very much. It's been quite a journey. For the next month or so, I will continue to work with patterns & practices mainly on the planning of our next...
  • Blog Post: Our plans for Smart Client Software Factory

    Blaine, our team's PM, has started a blog. And what would be better than starting it with the plans for the Smart Client Software Factory. More here: http://blogs.msdn.com/blaine
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Web Client Software Factory Workshop

    The Client Team at patterns & practices will be hosting a 2 days, instructor-led training event covering the recently released Web Client Software Factory . When? Monday, March 12 th – Tuesday, March 13 th Where? Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington, USA. Who should attend? Anyone interested...
  • Blog Post: Be a good CodePlex citizen. Vote!

    A feature I really miss in CodePlex wiki is the ability to embed a video. It is possible to link to a video or upload one, but there's no wiki markup for an embedded player like what you see in Channel9 or YouTube Help us pass the bill in the CodePlex senate by voting for this item in their Issue Tracker...
  • Blog Post: Highly recommended training on CAB & SCSF

    Again, for those of you looking for a deep dive into CAB & SCSF with a true expert, this is one of the best training courses I've seen. March 2007 is the next edition. Details here: http://www.rollthunder.com/DotNetTraining/CompositeUIApplicationBlockFrame.htm
  • Blog Post: Last post of the year - We move!

    Our communities have a new, big home; so update your bookmarks and favorites: http://www.codeplex.com/smartclient The GotDotNet hosted sites (CAB, SCSF, MCSF, Updater, Offline) are all going to be moved to this CodePlex, including all the existing forum threads and content. We believe that this consolidation...
  • Blog Post: CAB & Smart Client Software Factory real world experiences

    Mario Szpuszta from Microsoft Austria has written a fantastic whitepaper that captures his experiences in the Austrian Raiffeisen Bank with CAB and the Smart Client Software Factory. The paper has some very interesting sections that cover practical aspects of creating solutions with our frameworks and...
  • Blog Post: Installing CAB on Vista

    Most of our installers are having trouble in Vista. Among the reasons, the fact that we normally install our content under "Program Files" is something that Vista doesn't like for security reasons. Tom has posted about this some time ago: http://blogs.msdn.com/tomholl/archive/2006/09/15/756747.aspx To...
  • Blog Post: ClickOnce, CAB and SCSF

    A (very) frequent question we get is how to effectively use ClickOnce with CAB based applications. A very common issue is the simple fact that in a CAB application there are no explicit dependencies between the shell and modules, so out of the box deployment doesn't work because ClickOnce doesn't know...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe - patterns & practices content sessions

    Attending TechEd Europe? Don't miss the great set of sessions by our own Don Smith & Tom Hollander : ARCWD01: Software Factory Futures (Tom) Tuesday 7th November, 16:00-17:15 ARCWD02: Enterprise Library for .NET Framework 3.0 (Tom) Wednesday 8th November, 09:00-10:15 Wednesday 8th November, 15:15...
  • Blog Post: New CAB/SCSF workshop offering from David Platt

    David is doing it again. A new 4 days workshop on CAB & SCSF on December 4th has 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: http://rollthunder...
  • Blog Post: CAB and Multimonitor applications

    This is a frequent question, especially with customers that are building application that require huge screen real estate management (industrial control, etc). If you are building such solutions, the Screen object is your friend. For example, if you are using a WindowWorkspace (where each part will be...
  • Blog Post: CAB, SCSF & Agile Development Podcasts Series on Dr. Dobbs Journal

    Don't miss the series of fantastic episodes on Agile Development, CAB and SCSF in Dr. Dobbs Journal with Mark Baker and Peter Provost : Episode 1: Composite UI App Block (CAB) Internals As one of the architects of Microsoft's Smart Client technologies in the Patterns & Practices group, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Tell us more about CAB Modules isolation requirements

    A requirement I hear every once in a while is the need to provide strong isolation between modules being loaded in a CAB Shell. Usually the scenario described includes phrases like this: "We need to unload and load modules" "If a module fails (badly) we don't want the shell to come down too" "We want...
  • Blog Post: More online content for CAB and the Smart Client Software Factory

    Most of the content of the Smart Client Software Factory is actually available after you download the installer and you complete the setup in the machine. The only content available online was the main web page ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/smartclientfactory ) and of course the community workspace here...
  • Blog Post: More training on SCSF available

    Just released! The Architect Hands-On-Labs are now available for download from the community workspace This labs are mainly focused on customizing and extending the guidance packages. You will learn how to: Modify the Initial Smart Client Solution structure Modify the recipes Modify the shell template...
  • Blog Post: SCSF Hands-On-Labs, new drop with fixes and enhancements

    Check out the second draft of the Smart Client Software Factory Developer Hands On Labs. Based on the feedback received we updated the content with the following: Instructions for using SQL Server 2005 Express Edition References (in projects) to Composite UI Application Block and Enterprise Library assemblies...
  • Blog Post: CABPedia

    The link is a little bit buried in a previous post, so I decided to highlight it in a specific post (thanks Matias :-)). CABpedia is a wiki mainly covering CAB, SCSF and Mobile Client SF. And although not a patterns & practices or a Microsoft official site, it is full of good content. John Socha...
  • Blog Post: Notes on (extreme) Performance requirements for CAB

    Object Builder, the Dependency Injection framework that provides the underlying infrastructure for all of the "CAB Magic", uses reflection. Objects in CAB are never "newed". They are always created through a factory that inspects the metadata in a type and processes it before returning an instance. This...
  • Blog Post: CAB & WPF - another example

    Check out this cool example by Andrew Flick from Infragistics: http://blogs.infragistics.com/blogs/andrew_flick/archive/2006/08/08/292.aspx
  • Blog Post: CAB and Smart Client Software Factory Essential Resources

    This is a compiled list of essential resources for CAB & Smart Client Software Factory I’ve been sharing with customers that have contacted me in the last months. I thought I might put them together in a single place as a quick reference: Basic content: · CAB · Smart Client Software Factory · Mobile...
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