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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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    MEF day in SF, “The Way of MEF, the Path to Enlightenment”

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    On Saturday June 12th I am stoked to be coming to the SF bay area on behalf of the Bay.Net UG where I’ll be delivering a full day on MEF! We’re going to cover a world of topics as you can see from the list below. 1. How to lazily instantiate parts to...
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    WebSockets, RIA/JS and WCF Web API at MIX, a whole lotta love for the web

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    MIX was indeed a busy time for the WCF Team. We delivered several talks, and released several shiny new toys to the community for folks that are building web-based systems. WebSockets Craig Kitterman of our Interoperability group, and Paul Batum , whom...
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    Hypermedia and forms

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    Updated (with a lot of new content) One challenge when building REST based systems is how can the client determine what it can do next? There can be any number of clients each which need to interact with a system. How do they know HOW to interact? The...
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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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    Are you using WCF within your organization?

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    Do you use WCF within your organization either for internal apis for exposing services and functionality to 3rd parties? We’re looking to connect with customers using our stuff in the real world so we can understand your use cases, the things you’ve liked...
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    Integrating MVC routes and Web API routes

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      Several folks have been complaining for a while about Action Links not being properly generated when MVC routes are mixed with Service Routes in the same site. It turns out there is a solution.....don't use ServiceRoute :-) Instead, create a derived...
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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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    Diving in to the workflow ocean

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    One of the great things about this job is that I get to work with a ton of product groups at Microsoft. In just one year I've worked with the .NET 3.0, ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET AJAX, SharePoint, VSTO, Windows Mobile, and SQL Server teams to name a few. Coming...
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    Clarius Software Factories Toolkit

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    Clarius Consulting recently shipped the December CTP of the Software Factories Toolkit . I have not yet looked at the product, but the demos look quite impressive. Basically SFT is positioning itself as the bridge between DSL Tools and GAT (Guidance Authoring...
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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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    What is DSL anyway?

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    Martin Fowler (the patterns / agile king) has a great video of a talk he delivered on Domain Specific Languages at JAOO 2005. Check out this video . It will give you a great overview including practical simple examples. No stone will be left unturned...
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    ASP.NET AJAX decisions for WCSF vNext

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    Alot of our customers have been asking about ASP.NET AJAX support for WCSF, as a matter of fact it's the most highly voted upon work item in our issue tracker. Now that we've heard you on the importance of this feature, the next question is what type...
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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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    .NET Source code, get your copy now!

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    Seriously! Everyone is talking about this announcement from Scott Guthrie about the release of .NET Framework Source Code. This doesn't mean it's going Open Source as Scoble first thought, but it does mean that you'll be able to debug in to the base libraries...
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    Do you have ADD? If you work at Microsoft you probably think you do.

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    This should be required reading for all Microsoft FTEs (Full time employees). http://men.msn.com/articlemh.aspx?cp-documentid=5513983 Take away from reading the article.....You are not alone.
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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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    Peter talking about TDD

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    I just came across this video of Peter talking about TDD to Ron Jacobs . It's a few months old, but if you haven't seen it and are interested in TDD, it's five minutes well worth it. Nice and concise and to the point (unlike my talks). I think I...
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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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    CAB/SCSF Training - Yes, it's available

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    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...
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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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    I am loving twitter

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    I've been twittering lately. Today Jeff Atwood dropped this little gem. A letter from Optimus Prime's Geico agent. (excerpt below) "Dear Mr Prime".... "Since becoming a GEICO customer in January of this year, you have reported 131 accidents, requesting...
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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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    Composite Applications, Why do we need them?

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    Several weeks ago Brandon Satrom and Mike Walker created two great posts giving the justification for why Composite Applications are needed. Brandon elucidates 5 factors, I'll over simplify this down to two and then let you read their posts (which I highly...
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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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    Building a Composite Application Framework

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    In the wake of the "great debate" over the complexity of CAB, Jeremy Miller has done a series of posts on how to build a Composite Application Framework. Jeremy does a good job of removing some of the mystery behind building composite applications. Even...
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