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

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: WPF, from this to that..Wow!

    A few weeks ago, our reference implementation for Prism looked like this. Early on we decided that we needed the RI to have a better look in feel so that it delivered a more real world WPF experience. We hired a design firm to create XAML proofs based on our implementation. The process on their end was...
  • 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: '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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: What’s on our E-Learning Roadmap for Developers?

    One of the reasons I started this blog in the first place was to create an avenue where I can directly communicate with you. I want this communication to be a two-way street with both me telling you about new products that we are shipping, plans for our curriculum, and plans for our e-Learning experience...
  • Blog Post: Free .NET 3.0 e-Learning

    We just launched a set of 3 e-Learning clinics covering core components of the .NET 3.0 framework including Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly Avalon), Windows Communication Foundation (formerly Indigo) and Windows Workflow Foundation. If you are a guru with .NET 3.0 then these clinics probably...
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