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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: 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: Seattle CodeCamp talks

    I forgot to post on this, well better late than never. This weekend I'm speaking at the Seattle CodeCamp on WCSF and SCSF. Actually Day one is over, which leaves one more talk left tomorrow on using SCSF and the Disconnected Service Agent. Session state injection your way with WCSF - Saturday, 1:45 to...
  • 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: If Acropolis is no more, what's our commitment?

    Recently there was a question on the forums from Bill Krat asking about p&p's commitment around the future of SCSF/CAB. I can completely understand where Bill is coming from and I am sure many customers are wondering the same thing. For this reason I am going to reproduce part of that thread. Below...
  • 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: Alot's going on the contrib front!

    A few weeks ago, Tom announced that the folks over in Entlib contrib have shipped a new release . That's 10 points for the Entlib contrib guys! In the spirit of competition we took the new release as a real sign we should get our act together in SCSF and WCSF contrib and ship another release of SCSFContrib...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2007, I'll be there

    This year I'll be attending in Barcelona presenting on the work we've been doing in Web Client vNext. I'll also be doing a chalk talk session on factory usage in the real world along with David Platt and Mario Szpusta. WEB318 Web Client Software Factory (WCSF): Building Rich Internet Applications...
  • 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: WCSF and SCSF Knowledgebase

    Within the client program, we create a lot of guidance in the form of blog posts, codeplex pages, etc that are around our deliverables. Often these posts have a BANG when they go out but are then lost into the abyss of other posts. These posts have huge value for customers that are working with our guidance...
  • 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: 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: SCSF May 2007 Shipped

    I am behind on my blog posting the last few days as I have been slammed with WCSF vNext planning. One major event I've been meaning to announce is that the next version of SCSF has shipped. Blaine and the Southworks crew have all the details. My advice, go get it now! Share this post : del.icio.us it...
  • 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...
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