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Glenn Block - .NETFX Another ALT.NET guy at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Prism, CAB, and WinForms futures

    On the forums , Bil asked the questions below. Just wondering about guidance here. I have clients who are not ready or able to move to 3.5/VS2008 yet but need to start developing new Smart Client applications. They're also not ready to move to WPF as they don't see a lot of value in it for the type...
  • Blog Post: SCSF 2008 - go get it!

    After many months of promising , the wait is over. Smart Client Software Factory for Visual Studio 2008 has shipped! (not shiped) Highlights of the new release include: Runs on GAT/GAX 1.4 Full support for Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Supports Entlib 3.1 Several fixes for community identified bugs...
  • Blog Post: What is Differentiated UI? (and how it pertains to Composite WPF)

    Over the past few weeks we've been doing a lot of deep exploration into what it means to build a composite UI within WPF. As soon as you set your foot into WPF land you come into contact with a concept known as Differentiated UI . You'll hear this term often coming out various teams in Microsoft, but...
  • Blog Post: Blaine and me talking about patterns and practices

    Several weeks ago, me and Blaine were interviewed by Scott Swigart and Sean Cambell of howsoftwareisbuilt.com . The site interviews various people in the industry around open-source and closed-source development. The list of existing interviewees includes Michael Tiemann , VP of Red Hat and the President...
  • Blog Post: We're revving SCSF and WCSF for VS2008

    My blog has been quiet the past few days as I've been busy working on user stories for the new Composite WPF (formerly WPF Composite Client). You'll be hearing more about this in the coming weeks as we get more clarity, by here's some good news: 1. We're working on the next release of WCSF 2.0 which...
  • Blog Post: Exploring interactive application architecture patterns (MVC, MVP, etc)

    Just came across this great gem from Derek Greer that discusses Model-View-Controller,  Model-View-Presenter, and Presentation-Abstraction-Control pattern. Very comprehensive including discussion of different variants of each of the patterns. If you are interested in understanding these patterns...
  • Blog Post: Ward Bell shares his perspective on the new Composite Client

    Ward just did an excellent post sharing his thoughts on our new WPF Composite Client, Acropolis and CAB. If you don't know Ward and you are a CAB customer, you should. Ward is the VP of Product Management for IdeaBlade , one of our partners and the makers of DevForce. Ward and company do a tremendous...
  • Blog Post: Trying to Grok CAB?

    Just came across this set of posts by Rick Newman which introduces you to the essentials of CAB. I love to see it when the community takes this kind of initiative. First Jeremy's fantastic set of posts , then David's book and now this. This has certainly been a good year for learning CAB :) Nice work...
  • Blog Post: WPF Composite Client, it's coming!

    Today is a great day as we unveil our plans for a new  patterns & practices deliverable currently called " WPF Composite Client". The Acropolis team  just announced that  the core Acropolis concepts  will be rolled into future .NET Framework releases.  While we...
  • Blog Post: CAB/SCSF Training - Yes, it's available

    One thing I am constantly asked by customers with organizations both small and large is " Is there any training available for CAB ?". Thanks to David Platt, there is. 1. Read David Platt's new book "Composite UI Application Block and Smart Client Software Factory" I've read this and it gives...
  • Blog Post: Composite Applications, Why do we need them?

    Several weeks ago Brandon Satrom and Mike Walker created two great posts giving the justification for why Composite Applications are needed. Brandon elucidates 5 factors, I'll over simplify this down to two and then let you read their posts (which I highly recommend) 1. Increased customer demand....
  • Blog Post: SCSF in Orcas Beta 2

    One of the questions people keep asking is " When will SCSF work on Orcas? ". This wouldn't be as much of an issue if GAT/GAX 1.2 worked on Orcas. Unfortunately that's not the case and although we have GAT/GAX 1.3 which does work on Orcas, our existing Guidance packages do not work with GAT/GAX 1.3....
  • Blog Post: S+S and SCSF Better together

    The past month or so our good friend (and my predecessor) Eugenio has been busy developing a Litware HR Smart Client application (LitwareSC) using the SCSF (see screenshot below). In addition to WPF support, one of the other challenges Eugenio and team faced is creating an application that will function...
  • Blog Post: SCSFContrib 1.0 release

    A while ago, I told you about the new SCSFContrib project . Well since then the SCSFContrib team has been hard at work cracking out the first release. All the extracurricular hours have really paid off and the first version has shipped. If you are building SCSF/CAB applications then you definately want...
  • Blog Post: Building a Composite Application Framework

    In the wake of the "great debate" over the complexity of CAB, Jeremy Miller has done a series of posts on how to build a Composite Application Framework. Jeremy does a good job of removing some of the mystery behind building composite applications. Even if you are a tried and true SCSF/CAB customer,...
  • Blog Post: Updates to WCSF and SCSF

    Blaine has recently posted about fixes/updates to WCSF and SCSF. WCSF 1.1 RC - contains several fixes to WCSF as well as built in support for Entlib 3.1. We're getting close to shipping the final bits, but if you want to get your hands on it now you can. David has also posted more specifics about...
  • Blog Post: Acropolis, the future of Smart Client

    For some time people have been asking us what our plans are for supporting WPF within SCSF / CAB. In our last release we shipped support for hosting WPF Smart parts and Workspaces within a windows SCSF / CAB application. The next question many of our customer's had is "Why didn't you ship a WPF version...
  • Blog Post: Is CAB complex? And if so, Why?

    Recently, there have been several posts critical of CABs complexity. Personally I have no issue with being critical of the complexity of CAB. First off, it's your right to give your opinion. Second, CAB is complex! Whether that complexity is warranted or not is open to debate. One of the reasons we built...
  • Blog Post: Community is on the move - SCSFContrib and WCSFContrib

    Several weeks ago Tom posted about the launch of three new p&p contrib projects for Enterprise Library, Smart Client Software Factory and Web Client Software Factory. Today SCSFContrib and WCSFContrib launched on CodePlex. What is a contrib project? Well contribs are for community contributed extensions...
  • Blog Post: Tell us what you think about our Software Factories

    At p&p we really care about the experiences our customers have with our products. If you are using any of our factories, then we want to hear from you. We've created a survey for our factory adopters, that you can access here . When you launch the survey you will first be asked a series of questions...
  • Blog Post: WPF Features in SCSF Rel 2

    As we're on the heels of shipping our next version of the Smart Client Software Factory, many customers are asking the question " Are you providing anything for WPF?" . The short answer is a resounding "Yes" . With our next release we are providing for WPF-Interop scenarios. This means you can take an...
  • Blog Post: My new role in p and p

    Hi everyone I've recently joined patterns & practices as the Product Manager for the Client Software Stack. I'll be attempting to fill the noble shoes of my predecessor, Eugenio Pace who has joined the Architecture Strategy team. With my leaving E-Learning, Gregory Weber will replace me as...
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