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

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  • Blog Post: Event Aggregation with MEF (with and without EventAggregator)

    The title probably sounds like an oxymoron, but it is not. Recently there was a question on our CodePlex forums from Denis Vuyka about whether or not MEF supports anything like EventBroker for pub/sub type communication. Asking such a question makes a lot of sense, as if you are building open-ended systems...
  • Blog Post: Finding the right level of coupling

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tammys_world/1785770650/ This is a follow up from my previous post on Composite extensions for Win Forms. Early on as we started the development of Prism, we had a few decisions to make around our coupling to WPF. We knew that Prism undoubtedly was being targeted for...
  • Blog Post: More MEF Samples and launch of MEF contrib.

    The past few weeks, the momentum has picked up around samples using MEF. In my last post I mentioned a few. Now today two great posts. First, Brad A (my awesome boss) has gone and done a really nice MEF 101 post . Kudos to Brad for finding the time out of his ultra busy schedule to play with MEF, and...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Article on "Prism" went to press

    A few months ago I wrote an MSDN article on the new Composite Application Guidance (which will always be Prism to me :) ) which was just published. In the article I talk about Composite Applications in WPF in general, several design patterns in play, and specific ways to leverage WPF in doing so. I cover...
  • Blog Post: Building Composite apps with Silverlight

    Blaine and my old team are at it again , and this time it's for Silverlight . If you are building composite applications in Silverlight, they need you! Head on over  and take this quick survey to help them to prioritize on where to focus for the new guidance. This is going to be good ;-)
  • Blog Post: Prism, MEF and DI oh my

    A few weeks ago I had a chance to chance to chat with the gang over at  Herding Code on all of the above. I was in a particularly talkative mood after coming from a full day of presenting at Tech-Ready, so I'll warn you that there might be some rambling. As a result the podcast was split into two...
  • Blog Post: Composite Application Guidance Talk at Tech-Ed

    Several months ago, Brian Noyes and I delivered a talk on Composite App Guidance AKA Prism at Tech-Ed USA. In the talk we discuss the essentials of Prism and do a bunch of demonstrations (well Brian did) of how to use it's various components. The talk went really well and the feedback we got was people...
  • Blog Post: Composite Application Guidance is Live

    Before I go any further, we shipped! :-) Links: Composite Application Guidance Landing Page (will be at http://msdn.microsoft.com/compositewpf ) Composite Application Guidance What's in the box Here's an overview of what you'll find At the core is the Stock Trader Reference Implementation. This app is...
  • Blog Post: Composite Application Guidance - What is it?

    In the development of the Composite Application Guidance one area that we have labored intensely was around documentation. Documentation was so high on our priority list, that we deliberately reduced the number of bells and whistles in order to allow us to properly document what we had. As part of this...
  • Blog Post: How Prism supports using multiple IOC containers

    Today we received the following question / comment on our forums around our strategy for supporting multiple containers in Prism. This is something that I believe is on the minds of other folks using Prism. Below is a portion of the thread which you can access here Hi all, I'm currently getting up to...
  • Blog Post: Talking about Prism with InfoQ

    Recently at the ALT.NET Summit, I got a chance to sit down with Greg Young to discuss the work we've been doing in our new Composite Application Guidance (Prism). In the interview we talk about the guidance, what technical and architectural challenges it addresses including specific to WPF,how it differs...
  • Blog Post: Composite Application Guidance, time to ship

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckaroli/1779555530/ The last time I did one of these posts, I was off on how close we were, by about a month. Well this time that's not the case. At the end of last week we dropped an RC for Composite Application Guidance AKA Prism. This week the only thing left to do...
  • Blog Post: Prism vs Framework XXX

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mukluk/288925731/ There's been a bunch of talk on the net comparing Prism to other frameworks that exist. In many cases comparisons are being made based on feature parity and such. I think it's important to make the distinction of why Prism is different. Prism is a set of...
  • Blog Post: Brian Noyes thoughts on Prism

    Brian Noyes from IDesign is one of the great folks helping us in the design and development of Prism. Brian brings a breadth of experience with WPF, and has worked significantly with CAB. He also was the author of the click-once integration pieces in SCSF. Recently he put together a great post speaking...
  • Blog Post: 'Prism' launches on CodePlex

    Some time ago we announced that patterns & practices was going to be delivering a new set of guidance for building composite applications in WPF. A lot has happened since then, least of which is coming up with a new codename "Prism". Just last week we launched the Prism site and uploaded a set of...
  • Blog Post: Have you heard of SFD?

    OK, you've heard of TDD and BDD, but have you heard of SFD? SFD stands for Simple-First Development. It's a principle that we're driving on as we move forward in our "Prism" (Composite WPF) project. Essentially it means that when we attempt to solve any problem, let's start with focusing on...
  • 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: Thinking about a name for Composite WPF

    We're in the early stages of the new Composite WPF. We've received a bunch of feedback from customers that the name needs work and doesn't roll off the tongue.  This applies to the short form CWPF or the longer Composite Windows Presentation Foundation. We've been playing the name game internally...
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