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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 and SCSF Knowledgebase

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    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...
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    CodePaste is the bee’s knees, my new favorite way to share code.

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    Ever need to share code-snippets with the twittersphere? If so, Codepaste is for you. It's my favorite new tool for getting code out there in a really low-friction manner. It has really nice syntax coloring support, allows reviewers to comment, and most...
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    I am not a robot!

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    Since joining Microsoft almost two years ago, the same internal debate seems to arise every few months about what bloggers should and should not say about competitor products, technologies,etc. Some have gone as far as to suggest we shouldn't even use...
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    Tagged in 2007

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    I've been tagged from down under by Rob from Adelade , so here are 5 things you might not know about me. I am a practicing muslim. I converted to Islam about 15 years ago. (Mentioning one's religion seems to be a popular trend for 'taggers' so I...
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    The ALT.NET Criterion

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    Recently I was on a mail thread where the following question was raised. "What are the kinds of things that concern folks from the ALT.NET community?" Over the past year I've been pretty involved with ALT.NET and have been part of countless...
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    MVP Guidance Bundle ships

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    There’s been a lot of talk recently about p&p doing more work on pure patterns. We’ve actually been pushing in this direction internally for quite some time and recently shipped a set of guidance called the MVP Bundle. The bundle focuses...
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    Unity and Silverlight

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    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)
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    E-Learning virtual lab woes

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    Lately I've been getting a lot of feedback from people who are having difficulty logging into our virtual labs. The login issues are mainly two fold. Users can't find the login information as it is not posted in an obvious place. The password...
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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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    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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    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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    Creating a functional programming model for MEF

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    Disclaimer: This is a prototype, not production ready code. It is more illustrative of what you can do with MEF, and how things work under the covers. The other day I was working one of our internal partners who is looking to integrate MEF into their...
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    Hamilton and I MEFFing it up on Silverlight TV

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      Several weeks ago Hamilton and I recorded several episodes with John Papa on the new Silverlight TV show on Channel 9. We did not one or two but FOUR episodes on Silverlight TV covering the basics as well as some more advanced cases like using...
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    Dinner in Tel Aviv days before Tech-Ed 2008

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    I am writing this from the keynote for Tech-Ed Israel, with my co-presenter Ohad sitting on my left. So far the trip has been great. Upon arrival and after passing through customs, I was happily surprised to find Ohad waiting for me. He's been a fantastic...
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    Help my friend Scott Hanselman raise $50000 for Diabetes!

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    I’ve got a good friend Scott . He works at Microsoft, he’s a technical leader, and an awesome individual. He also lives every day plagued with being a Type I diabetic. I have known Scott for years and never realized just what he and others...
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    ALT.NET Seattle 2009 is happening.

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    If you attended ALT.NET Seattle least year, you might be wondering whether or not it's happening this year. While at Kaizenconf , a bunch of us wondered the same thing. David Laribee , Chris Bilson , Kelly Leahy and I chatted about hosting another...
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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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    Learning about MEF in SL4 from Mike Taulty

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    One of the questions we get quite often is “Why should I use MEF?” and “How can i use MEF?”. Fortunately one of our awesome field guys Mike Taulty has been rising to the occasion. He’s put together a great set of web casts on everything you wanted to...
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    Why doesn’t MEF support open-generics for exports? Because MEF is not type based.

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    Update: We've posted an extension for doing open generics in MEF contrib. Read about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/gblock/archive/2009/08/20/open-generic-support-in-mef-contrib.aspx I get this question all the time. Recently it popped it’s head on...
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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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    Updates to WCSF and SCSF

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    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...
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    Creating a custom WCSF Session State strategy

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    Sebastian's got a cool post of how you can create your own Session State strategy which our DI mechanism will use for injecting state values. If your using ASP.NET Session state, this won't be of much value to you since our existing strategy does that...
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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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    Caveats about DeploymentCatalog

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    The information below was wrapped up in my previous post on DeploymentCatalog. As a bunch of folks have been asking questions on this, it seems worth to rip out on it's own. A few caveats about DeploymentCatalog. DeploymentCatalog is a very exciting...
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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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