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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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    What is in a name - "Bundles" and "Application Blocks"

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    As many of you know, recently we've been shipping a set of deliverables that we've been calling tentatively "bundles". Since we first came up with the name, we've been having a ton of debates internally(No we don't have a ton of free time on our hands...
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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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    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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    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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    Glenn's guide to whacking your GAT/GAX and Factory installations

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    Disclaimer: What follows is not the recommended guidance from patterns & practices, rather it is my own personal "last resort" technique. I wasn't originally planning on posting this, however after just helping a customer who was experiencing the...
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    More Web Client goodness shipping, WCSF 2.0.

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    We've been busy getting more guidance packaged up and out the door. If you haven't been keeping up to date, here's a few posts that recap the guidance we've shipped so far for this next release. What has the Web Client Team been doing recently- Web Client...
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    Video of Scott Guthrie's MVC demo at ALT.NET

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    Just got this off of Twitter from Brad . Scott Hansleman posted a Silverlight video of Scott Guthrie demonstrating MVC to ALT.NET Crowd. See it here .
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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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    ALT.NET Headline, MVC for ASP.NET is coming

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    Today at the ALT.NET Conference, ScottGu let out a big secret, MVC for ASP.NET is on it's way. No I wasn't there, though with Twitter you don't have to be ;) You can read more about it here , here and here and on Brad's Twitter feed here . Over in p&p...
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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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    PageFlow using Page Modules

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    A few weeks ago Paulo posted about a new concept he called a "Page Module". Page Modules are similar to HTTP modules however they allow you to additionally handle any event in the Page lifecycle including it's creation and release. With a Page Module...
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    Web Client Validation Bundle shipped!

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    Hey guys, we just shipped the Validation Bundle. The guidance in this bundle is designed to help you streamline the end-user experience of your web applications by utilizing ASP.NET AJAX to invoke server-side validation. Additionally you will find...
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    Help impact the future of MSF

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    Andrew's got his head to the grindstone focusing on what the future picture of MSF guidance looks like in Team System. He needs your help in order to make the guidance "better, more focused, and more relevant". If you've got a tale to tell, he has put...
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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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    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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    Web Client vNext, what's our focus?

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    The last 24 hrs have been a blogothon of queued overdue posts, this one is LONG overdue. With the recent announcement of the Autocomplete Guidance Bundle, I am sure many are wondering what our focus is for this next release. If you've seen Michael's post...
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    Refactoring to a fluent interface

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    Oren has a nice little gem where he introduces a nice refactoring for defining an email message. Fluent Interfaces introduce more a natural language flow to the code and walk you through the workflow of whatever task it is that you are performing. FluentInterfaces...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Announcing Web Client bundles

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    For some time we've been all quiet on the Web Client team front. Today, we broke that silence and shipped the Contextual Autocomplete Guidance Bundle . This is the first of several new deliverables we will be releasing as part of Web Client vNext. As...
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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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    Improving blogging efficiency

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    My blog has been pretty dead lately, and I am not happy about it. I have a list of about 10 posts (and growing) that I'd like to do however lately I have been so absorbed in other things (Web Client vNext, customer visits, etc) that I never seem to find...
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