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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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    WCSF, SaaS and multi-tenancy

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    About five years ago I worked for a company where we implemented a web-based enterprise SaaS solution for supply chain. In those days we didn't know it was SaaS, and we called ourselves an ASP (Application Service Provider). However, if it smells like...
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    Windows Mobile 5.0 Courses Shipped!

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    We just shipped Collection 5150: Developing Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Applications using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 . This 12 hour collection teaches how to develop, deploy and maintain Windows Mobile 5.0 applications. These courses will also...
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    YAAP - Yet another ALT.NET post

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    If you head on over to altdotnet.org, the above message is what you'll find. Recently, there's been a ton of posts from a list of people too long to recount here (though David Laribee is at the top of the list) about the recent ALT.NET gathering. Hopefully...
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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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    WPF/E – Translation: Next Gen Web UI is here.

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    I was going to do a WPF/E post, then I wasn't, then I was. Then I came across WPF/E Pad and realized this thing is too cool to not post about. So here it is in a nutshell, along with a few links to other posts. What is it? In short WPF/E (Windows...
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    Using DataContracts with WCF Web API

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    A few folks have been asking if it is possible to serialize/deserialize using the DataContractSerializer. Rest assured, yes it is possible. Now whether or not it is the easiest/most intuitive model well that it is a different question. If you read to...
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    Using ExportProvider to customize container behavior Part I

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    In our last drop of MEF, one of the significant changes was the introduction of the ExportProvider . In this next series of posts, we'll take an in-depth look at what it is, how it's used by the CompositionContainer , and how you can use it to customize...
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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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    Upcoming talks at NDC in Oslo and Poland

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    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...
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    Update on our MEF license status

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    Several weeks we released a version of MEF under the MS-LPL license. We heard a bunch of feedback on the community requesting that we use a more broader license. Since then we've been exploring different possibilities. Early next week we'll have an official...
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    Ward Bell shares his perspective on the new Composite Client

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    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...
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    Trying to Grok CAB?

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    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...
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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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    Talking about Prism with InfoQ

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    Recently at the ALT.NET Summit, I got a chance to sit down with Greg Young to discuss the work we've been doing in our new Composite Application Guidance (Prism). In the interview we talk about the guidance, what technical and architectural challenges...
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    Tech Ed 2007, I'll be there

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    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...
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    Sweet, we're now Open Source for real

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    This just in from Twitter, The OSI has approved MS-PL and the MS-RL (Microsoft Reciprocal License) as valid open-source licenses. Woo hoo! We've been saying our stuff on CodePlex is open-source for a while. Nice to now have it be official! This is actually...
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    Stable Composition in MEF Preview 6

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    Nick just posted on a new and very important feature we added in Preview 6 which we call Stable Composition. To give you an idea of why we added this, in the past if you had a part, say OrderProcessor, that had a required import of ILogger, and no logger...
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    SharePoint application guidance is here!

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    I am WAY behind on my posts with a backlog that includes a MEF Module Loader, MEF Validation sample, MEF container refactoring, PDC, Kaizenconf thoughts, etc. Those have to wait though so I can announce this. patterns & practices just shipped new...
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    SCSF 2008 - go get it!

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    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...
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    SCSF in Orcas Beta 2

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    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...
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    SCSF May 2007 Shipped

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    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...
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    PrismShouldNotReferenceUnity

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    Clarification: We are not against using Unity, the Prism RI uses Unity, and we've been very happy with it's implementation. We are after all one of Unity's first internal customers. On the other hand, we want to make it easier for customers to use their...
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    Recomposition and constructors

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    Yesterday on twitter I was expressing how far behind I am  on blogging, and how I don’t know where to start. Ayende (Oren) responded by saying “Just start bloggging!” So here goes. Ben Hall pinged me over IM yesterday asking about recomposable imports...
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    Ruby on Rails on the DLR, getting closer

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    Just caught this little gem from John Lam on Twitter This is very good news.
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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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