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  • Blog Post: Bringing MEF and REST love to the UK and at FEST 10

    Next week I’m coming to the UK where I’ll be spreading the MEF love at FEST 10 and in events in a few other cities. I’ll also be talking about REST and the new work we are doing in WCF to provide a better experience for building RESTful systems. Below is the event schedule Date/Time Event Location Talk...
  • Blog Post: View Model Locator – MEF Style

    At MIX, Laurent Bugnion and I had a brainstorming chat around improving on the ViewModel locator “pattern” through the usage of a MEF generic locator that allows binding via indexer properties thus removing the need for a hard-coded locator. Tonite John Papa pinged me with a similar thought. Next thing...
  • Blog Post: Building Hello MEF – Part IV – DeploymentCatalog

    Continuing on with the series. In part III we introduced the concept of application partitioning through the use of the PackageCatalog which ships in the Silverlight toolkit. In this post we’ll take a look at a new API known as the DeploymentCatalog which ships in the box! We also look at some changes...
  • Blog Post: How do I expose configuration information through MEF?

    <Goal>Post in 15 mins or less :-)</Goal> This question which recently popped on our forums is one of the common questions we hear from customers. In this particular case, wcoenen (the person in the forums) had recently used information that he wanted to pull from configuration and pipe to...
  • Blog Post: MEF and Prism exploration, MEF module loading

    About a month ago I posted some ideas around MEF and Prism together. As part of the post, I presented 2 high-level scenarios for MEF/Prism integration (and there are likely more) Use Prism with MEF as an add-on for extensibility. That is make modules extensible through MEF.  You can think of this...
  • Blog Post: Building Hello MEF – Part III – XAP Partitioning (with the host’s permission) and the sweetness of recomposition.

    In our last post we saw how using metadata in MEF allows us to provide additional self-describing information about exports. This has a range of uses including providing hints on how the export should be handled (such as UI location) as well as allowing us to filter out creating exports that we don’t...
  • Blog Post: Building Hello MEF – Part II – Metadata and why being Lazy is a good thing.

    In Part I of the series we built the basics of our dashboard end ended with our app displaying a single widget. In this post we’ll show two widgets, sensing a pattern here? :-) We will show two, but we’ll put them in different places on our dashboard. We’ll explore two ways of doing this including a...
  • Blog Post: MEF Refresh of Preview 8 for Silverlight

    Note: This only applies to using MEF Preview 8 on Silverlight, it does not apply to MEF in Silverlight 4 Yes I know we never did a Preview 8 post but…… We found a bug in PartInitializer (thanks to Kathleen Dollard for finding it!)  in Preview 8 which affects MEF in Silverlight. The bug resulted...
  • Blog Post: Building the Hello MEF dashboard in Silverlight 4 - Part I

    In my last post I illustrated some of the basics of MEF through a Hello MEF dashboard app that I used in my PDC talk. In this series of posts, we’ll build that application from scratch and then go even further than we did in that talk. This might take several posts, I am not sure yet, we’ll just have...
  • Blog Post: MEF has landed in Silverlight 4. We come in the name of extensibility.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/markusram/3641457838/ At PDC we announced that MEF has is now part of Silverlight 4. This may sound like alien speak :-), so I’ll break it down for you. It means building maintainable/pluggable RIA apps just got a whole lot easier. What is MEF? The Managed Extensibility...
  • Blog Post: Building extensible RIAs at PDC

              This week I’ll be attending PDC in Los Angeles speaking about using MEF in Silverlight. Building Extensible Rich Internet Applications with the Managed Extensibility Framework   In Hall F on Thursday at 11:30 AM Learn how the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 introduces...
  • Blog Post: Herding code on MVVM and other presentation patterns in WPF and Silverlight

    Recently I had the pleasure of having a nice lively discussion on Herding Code with my cohorts Ward Bell ,  Rob Eisenberg and Jeremy Miller around one of our favorite topics, Presentation Patterns. We let the gloves come off and went at it for about 2 hours. The conversation ranged from topics including...
  • Blog Post: MEF and XAML integration – Self composition

    As I am hoping you heard from Nick , we just shipped MEF Preview 6 which includes a version of MEF for Silverlight 3! At the same time that we’ve been wrapping up on our .NET 4.0 release, we are busy working on a proper release for Silverlight vNext. The things you see in MEF Preview 6 for SL3 are just...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming talks at NDC in Oslo and Poland

    Next week, I am heading to Europe for two weeks to give several talks. My first stop is NDC 2009 , where I’ll be delivering the following talks: Framework Design Guidelines Building Maintainable Enterprise Applications with Silverlight and WPF Building openly extensible applications with...
  • Blog Post: “View Model” - the movie, cast your vote.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardmoross/3064808115/ No we’re not actually making a movie about View Model. If we were I am sure we’d get a low turn-out. :-) However it did get your attention. What we are doing is some serious exploration into how we can help from a platform perspective folks that...
  • 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: Unity and Silverlight

    It can be done! Go read Chris's post for more. Jared if you are listening, we need this for PrismContrib . (which I still need to post about)
  • Blog Post: Get your Smalltalk here

    Smalltalk is one of those gems of software development that until very recently (in the last 30 mins) I've never had the pleasure of experiencing. I've heard about it for years, everyone who's anyone in the OOP world seems to swear by it's simplicity, elegance, and beauty. I remember one of my bosses...
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