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  • Blog Post: Using Guidance Explorer from Outlook

    It looks like Alik Levin has some helpful posts on using Guidance Explorer from Outlook: Customize Guidance Explorer Inside Outlook 2007 – Find Tech Gold Nuggets Instantly - how to configure Outlook for easier searches using built-in functionality. Consume patterns&practices Guidance Explorer Via...
  • Blog Post: How To Use Guidance Explorer to do a Security Code Inspection

    One of the key experiences you get with Guidance Explorer (GE) is support for manual security inspections. We call them inspections versus reviews because we inspect against specific criteria. We supply you with a starter set of inspection questions, but you can tailor them or add your own. Security...
  • Blog Post: How To Build Your Own Guide with Guidance Explorer

    You can build your own guide using Guidance Explorer . Guidance Explorer is a front-end browser optimized for our patterns & practices guidance store. Here's some of the usage scenarios: Build a guide of your favorite patterns & practices items. Build a custom set of guidelines for your...
  • Blog Post: Guidance Explorer: A Top Download on CodePlex

    It was a nice surprise to see that our Guidance Explorer is among the top downloads on CodePlex .
  • Blog Post: New Video: How To - Personalize Team System Guidance with Guidance Explorer

    If you are a hunter and gatherer of guidance, you'll want Guidance Explorer . Watch Video: How To - Personalize Team System Guidance with Guidance Explorer to see how you can use Guidance Explorer to build a custom collection of guidance from our Visual Studio Team System Guidance project. If you haven...
  • Blog Post: Building a Custom Set of Guidance with Guidance Explorer

    Today I was reminded of the powerful scenario for building a custom set of guidance on the fly using Guidance Explorer . One of the scenarios for Guidance Explorer that's probably not well known, is the ability to generate MS Word documents. You can also save to HTML or export to XML. The idea was that...
  • Blog Post: Guidance 2.0

    Imagine what a Guidance 2.0 world might be like ... browse tag clouds of reusable "architecture nuggets" subscribe to "guidance feeds" that give you the latest practices and recommendations share your "guidance" playlists with friends (share your favorite collections of how tos, guidelines...
  • Blog Post: 24 ASP.NET 2.0 Security FAQs Added to Guidance Explorer

    We published 24 ASP.NET 2.0 Security FAQs now in Guidance Explorer . You'll find them under the patterns & practices library node. We pushed the FAQs into Guidance Explorer because one of our consultants in the field, Alik , is busy building out a customer's security knowledge base using Guidance...
  • Blog Post: Guidance Explorer as Your Personal Guidance Store

    Although Guidance Explorer (GE for short) was designed to showcase patterns & practices guidance, you can use it to create your own personal knowledge base. It's a simple authoring environment, much like an offline blog. The usage scenario is you create and store guidance items in "My Library". ...
  • Blog Post: 844 Guidance Items in Guidance Explorer

    It's not 9 new guidelines, it's actually 70. It looks like my Guidance Explorer wasn't done synching when I wrote my previous post. Prashant sent me a quick note. Here is the complete status for Dec and Jan Dec – 33 Guidelines items (.NET 2.0) Jan – 37 Guidelines items (ADO.NET 2.0) ...
  • Blog Post: 9 New Perf Guidelines in Guidance Explorer

    You should see 9 new performance guidelines in Guidance Explorer (GE) . Well, not entirely new, but refactored and cleaned up. Prashant Bansode (from our original Improving .NET Performance guide team) was busy while I was out of office for the holidays. What you'll notice is that many of the guidelines...
  • Blog Post: From Guides to Guidance Modules

    Have you noticed the transition from guides to guidance modules over time? My first few guidance projects were actually guides: Improving .NET Application Performance Improving Web Application Security Building Secure ASP.NET Applications While the chapters in the guides were modular,...
  • Blog Post: 238 New Items in Guidance Explorer

    Today we published 238 new guidance items in Guidance Explorer . If you use the offline client, it should automatically synchronize to our online store. We're in the process of performing a guidance sweep. The approach to the sweep is twofold: 1. Make existing guidance available in Guidance Explorer...
  • Blog Post: Guidance Explorer Beta 2 Release

    We released Guidance Explorer Beta 2 on CodePlex. Guidance Explorer is a patterns & practices R&D project to improve finding, sharing and creating prescriptive guidance. Guidance Explorer features modular, actionable guidance in the form of checklists, guidelines, how tos, patterns … etc. ...
  • Blog Post: Test Our patterns and practices Guidance Explorer

    I've been relatively quiet these past few weeks, getting ready to release our patterns & practices Guidance Explorer . Guidance Explorer is a new, experimental tool from the patterns & practices team that radically changes the way you consume guidance as well as the way we create it. If you’ve...
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