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

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  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: Announcing WPF Composite Client

    We just announced a new deliverable called WPF Composite Client. Due to the wonders of the blogosphere this is actually showing up as having been posted several days ago. Note to self, don't post drafts anymore. Anyway, check out the "real" post here .
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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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