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

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  • Blog Post: SharePoint application guidance is here!

    I am WAY behind on my posts with a backlog that includes a MEF Module Loader, MEF Validation sample, MEF container refactoring, PDC, Kaizenconf thoughts, etc. Those have to wait though so I can announce this. patterns & practices just shipped new SharePoint application guidance . Here's the...
  • Blog Post: Elegant Code Cast on ALT.NET and Microsoft

    Last week, David Start of Elegant Code and I got a chance to chat on ALT.NET, Open Source at Microsoft, and MEF. David was a great host who I am sure loved  responded as he through some curve balls at me. Actually it was a provocative discussion and I enjoyed being able to share my unadulterated...
  • 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: The Prism team and how we develop

    We've got quite a diverse team for Prism that spans 3 continents. In Redmond Adam Calderon (Interknowlodgy), Arun Subramonian Namboothiri (Infosys), Prasad Paluri (Infosys), Francis Cheung, Julian Dominguez (Southworks), Bob Brumfield, Glenn Block, Blaine Wastell, Nelly Delgado, Brian Noyes...
  • Blog Post: PageFlow reborn

    Many of you noticed that WCSF 2.0 did not ship with PageFlow. Early during the development of WCSF 2.0, we decided to break out the PageFlow application block and recipes into a separately downloadable package. There were several reasons foremost of which was that we wanted to make it easier to use Pageflow...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the patterns and practices Patterns Factory

    For some time now I've been working on a project that I've not been able to talk about. Well today, I am finally able to let the cat out of the bag. One of the challenges we've been hearing about from customers is around patterns. We hear they are way too hard to grok, and to implement. What customers...
  • Blog Post: Prism talk at WPF Bootcamp

    Some months ago I delivered a talk on "Prism' at the WPF Bootcamp. The talk gives a good overview of why we are doing this work. At the time of this demo it was very early, before we even started on the RI work. It does give a good idea of where we are heading, and what is different about this work from...
  • Blog Post: Prism Drop 2

    We just shipped our next "Prism" drop on codeplex. Below is a list of some of the significant changes. RegionManagerService no longer exposes AddViewToRegion. Added a sliding region to the shell which displays the watch list. Add to Watchlist functionality now works. A custom AddWatchCommand...
  • Blog Post: Entlib 3.1 and Visual Studio 2008 playing well together

    Scott just posted on how to get Enterprise Library 3.1 installed with Visual Studio 2008. Check it out here .
  • Blog Post: 'Prism' RI first drop

    Today is a historic occasion for the "Prism" team as our first drop of our Reference Implementation (RI) hits codeplex. In this post I will describe to you what the RI is, and what you can expect to see when you download it. Disclaimer: This will evolve (and change) significantly. At this stage...
  • 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: Heading to Boise Code Camp

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/o2ma/285230883 A few months ago I heard through the grapevine about plans for a Code Camp in Boise. Next thing you know Jarod has emailed me asking if I would be interested in attending. I am a geek at heart, and always jump at the opportunity to hang out with folks and hear...
  • Blog Post: WCSF 2.0 Hidden Gem - Creating interface projects

    Well not hidden exactly, but subtle. A while ago I requested we add this capability to the WCSF Guidance package, and then I forgot about it. Well today I was playing around with the new GP and to my surprise saw the following. Yes, you can now create an interface project for a module. This is very useful...
  • Blog Post: Web Client Software Factory 2.0 shipped!

    As promised, WE'RE LIVE!!!!!   (Image courtesy of hyku via http://www.flickr.com/photos/hyku/480867085/ ) After a long haul and several posts such as here and here , we're finally out the door with the next version of the Web Client Software Factory! Read more about the release from Blaine and Mike...
  • Blog Post: Get trained on Web Client Software Factory 2.0

    David Platt just announced a new 4 day course on WCSF from April 8th to 11th. Register here. One of the repeated requests I hear from customers working with WCSF and SCSF is "Where can I get training?". Fortunately thanks to David Platt, this has not been a problem for CAB customers with both...
  • Blog Post: Web Client 2.0, what's the hold up?

    As is obvious from the comments , we've hit some delays. This reason is due to GAT/GAX issues with version 1.4. Those issues have been resolved and GAT/GAX 1.4 has now shipped. I guess you can say that the previews ended, but then the film broke while we were setting up the projector :) I am happy to...
  • 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: Web Client 2.0 closer than you think

    We're past the trailers and it's the morning before opening night (not literally :) ). For the past few months my team has been packaging up the next version of Web Client Software Factory. Well now we're oh so close to being done. What's so big about WCSF 2.0? Well, here's a partial list. Fully...
  • Blog Post: Tweaking the WCSF Validation Bundle

    Jarod has a nice post where he demonstrates how to reduce the number of postbacks that occur when using the ServerSideValidationExtender included as part of the Validation Bundle . Jarod demonstrates how to subclass the PropertyProxyValidator and override the EvaluateIsValid() method to not validate...
  • Blog Post: me@codebetter

    Hi guys I have a new blog on CodeBetter.com .  I plan on using it to focus on general software engineering practices, reflections on how we build software in p&p, and tales of woe and success from my pre-Microsoft days. I'll also post about my off-hours geek explorations like learning Ruby,...
  • Blog Post: Personal retrospective on 2007, one long iteration

    Happy new Year! As the 2007 comes to a close and we start off 2008,I thought it would be fitting to a do a retrospective on how things went for me. In agile software development, retrospectives are meetings usually held at the end of each iteration where the team looks back on how things went for the...
  • 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: MVP Guidance Bundle ships

    There’s been a lot of talk recently about p&p doing more work on pure patterns. We’ve actually been pushing in this direction internally for quite some time and recently shipped a set of guidance called the MVP Bundle. The bundle focuses on Model-View-Presenter, the principles, flavors...
  • Blog Post: DevTeach Vancouver sessions (NOT)

    DevTeach is going on this week in Vancouver and kicking off tomorrow. Around this time tomorrow (12:30am) people will probably winding down from Jeffery's Party with Palermo . I'm happy to have been invited to attend DevTeach and deliver three talks in lieu of David Hayden's being unable to attend. The...
  • Blog Post: My team on the cover of the Seattle times!

    Well not the entire team, and not even the entire faces of the team members they did get. Those eyes are mine and Blaine's , the back is Terrances, and then there's Michael Puleio in full glory. :) As to what Blaine, myself and Mike are working on? How many people does it take to build a new WCSF application...
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