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

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Glenn is a PM on the WCF team working on Microsoft’s future HTTP and REST stack.  Prior to WCF he was a PM on the new Managed Extensibility Framework in .NET 4.0. Glenn has a breadth of experience both inside and outside Microsoft developing software solutions for ISVs and the enterprise. Glenn has also been very active in involving folks from the community in the development of software at Microsoft. This has included shipping several products under open source licenses, as well as assisting other teams looking to do so. Glenn is also a frequent speaker at local and international events and user groups.  When he's not working and playing with technology, he spends his time with his wife and daughter either at their home in Seattle or at one of the local coffee shops.<o:p></o:p>

Glenn's blog can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/gblock or you can follow him on twitter at you own risk at twitter.com/gblock <o:p></o:p>

 

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    Upcoming talks

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    This is one of the posts that I have been meaning to get to for several weeks, but it just keeps falling to the bottom of the backlog. Tomorrow I jump on an airplane so I guess now is as good as time as any. In the next few months, I have several talks...
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    Announcing the patterns and practices Patterns Factory

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    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...
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    Prism talk at WPF Bootcamp

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    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...
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    Prism Drop 2

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    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...
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    Entlib 3.1 and Visual Studio 2008 playing well together

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

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    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...
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    'Prism' launches on CodePlex

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    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...
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    Heading to Boise Code Camp

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    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...
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    WCSF 2.0 Hidden Gem - Creating interface projects

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    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...
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    Web Client Software Factory 2.0 shipped!

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    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...
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    Get trained on Web Client Software Factory 2.0

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    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...
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    Web Client 2.0, what's the hold up?

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    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...
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    Entity Framework Webinar

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    Ward Bell just told me about this little gem. IdeaBlade has an upcoming MSDN Magazine webinar entitled "Introduction to the Entity Framework and LINQ". LINQ is the new query language that is shipping as part of .NET 3.5 and provides language...
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    Patterns, it's about teaching people how to fish

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    The other day Larry Brader (Our Lead Test Manager) and I were having an interesting conversation that led me to make the above statement. Larry and I were discussing the root drivers for many of the architectural qualities I have been pushing on within...
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    Have you heard of SFD?

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    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...
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    Web Client 2.0 closer than you think

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    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...
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    Tweaking the WCSF Validation Bundle

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    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...
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    Paulo Morgado speaks on Geek Speak

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      Allright, I should be sleeping however I am up at this late hour due to watching Paulo Morgado's recent Geek Speak web cast where he spoke about Web Client Software Factory 2.0 bundles . Paulo is one of our MVPs who is always pushing the cutting...
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    Seattle CodeCamp Recap

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    Like all good things, sadly Seattle CodeCamp has come to an end. I had a great time and enjoyed hanging out with all the CodeCampers. I particularly enjoyed hearing about the different challenges customers are facing in their implementations. I also took...
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    Seattle CodeCamp talks

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    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...
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    What is Differentiated UI? (and how it pertains to Composite WPF)

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    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...
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    Thinking about a name for Composite WPF

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    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...
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    me@codebetter

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    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...
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    You never know who reads your blog

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    I just happened to check some of my comments that were marked as possibly spam and this is what I came across. Apparently Socrates, Hermes and Zeus are all avid readers!
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    Personal retrospective on 2007, one long iteration

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    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...
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