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  • Blog Post: Layered Architecture Solution Guidance for 2012

    Serena Yeoh, former Microsoft, has ported  her Layered Architecture Solution Guidance to Visual Studio 2012.  Her Layered Architecture Solution Guidance is a collection of project templates and tools for developing Layered Applications. Serena has a passion for helping others use technology...
  • Blog Post: New Release: Hands-on Labs for Unity 1.2

    Hands-on Labs for Unity 1.2 are now available. What is Unity Unity is a lightweight, extensible dependency injection container with optional support for instance and type interception. It facilitates building loosely-coupled applications and provides developers with the following advantages: Simplified...
  • Blog Post: New Release: Hands-on Labs for Microsoft Enterprise Library 4.1

    Hands-on Labs for Microsoft patterns & practices Enterprise Library 4.1 are now available.  What is Enterprise Library Microsoft Enterprise Library is a collection of reusable software components ("application blocks") designed to address common cross-cutting concerns for enterprise...
  • Blog Post: New Release: Visual Basic Quickstarts for Prism v2 (WPF and Silverlight)

    Visual Basic QuickStarts and How-to Topics for patterns & practices PrismV2 (Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight) are now available. What is PRISM The Composite Client Application Guidance is designed to help you more easily build modular Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and...
  • Blog Post: New Release: Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight v2.0 (PRISM)

    Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight v2.0 (PRISM) is now available. What is PRISM The Composite Client Application Guidance is designed to help you more easily build modular Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight client line of business applications. Goals of the Release...
  • Blog Post: New Release: patterns & practices WCF Security Guide

    Today we released our patterns & practices Improving Web Service security: Scenarios and Implementation Guidance for WCF on MSDN.  Using end-to-end application scenarios, this guide shows you how to design and implement authentication and authorization in WCF. You'll learn how to improve the...
  • Blog Post: Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Final Release

    We released our final release of the patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 on Codeplex.  It's the "Microsoft playbook for application architecture."  This is our guide to help solution architects and developers make the most of the Microsoft platform.  It...
  • Blog Post: Pocket Guide Series for Application Architecture

    Our Application Architecture Pocket Guides are available from our Application Architecture KB .  Our pocket guides are based on our Application Architecture Guide 2.0 .   We prioritized an initial set of pocket guides based on customer demand for focused content on specific topics. Pocket...
  • Blog Post: Web Application Architecture Pocket Guide

    We posted our Web Application Architecture Pocket Guide to our Application Architecture Guidance KB .  This is in response to customers who expressed interest in more modular guides as a supplement to our Application Architecture Guide 2.0 . Chapters At a Glance Here’s the chapters at a glance:...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Application Architecture Pocket Guide

    We posted our Mobile Application Architecture Pocket Guide to our Application Architecture Guidance KB .  This is in response to customers who expressed interest in more modular guides as a supplement to our Application Architecture Guide 2.0 . Chapters At a Glance Here’s the chapters at a glance...
  • Blog Post: RIA Architecture Pocket Guide

    We posted our RIA Architecture Pocket Guide to our Application Architecture Guidance KB .  This is in response to customers who expressed interest in more modular guides as a supplement to our Application Architecture Guide 2.0 . Chapters At a Glance Here’s the chapters at a glance: Ch 01 - RIA...
  • Blog Post: Rich Client Application Architecture Pocket Guide

    We posted our Rich Client Application Architecture Pocket Guide to our Application Architecture Guidance KB .  This is in response to customers who expressed interest in more modular guides as a supplement to our Application Architecture Guide 2.0. Chapters At a Glance   Here’s the chapters...
  • Blog Post: Service Architecture Pocket Guide

    We posted our Service Architecture Pocket Guide to our Application Architecture Guidance KB .  This is in response to customers who expressed interest in more modular guides as a supplement to our Application Architecture Guide 2.0 . Chapters At a Glance Here’s the chapters at a glance: Ch 01 -...
  • Blog Post: Application Architecture Visios Now Available

    We added our Application Architecture Diagrams (Visios) to our Application Architecture Knowledge Base (KB) on CodePlex.  You can download the Visios and customize for your own presentations or documents. Application Architecture Figures Here’s the figures available: Architecture Meta Frame (AMF...
  • Blog Post: Architecture Meta Frame Cheat Sheet

    We posted our Architecture Meta Frame Cheat Sheet to CodePlex as part of our Application Architecture Knowledge Base .   The Architecture Meta Frame (AMF) is a lens to help you quickly navigate the application architecture space.  You can think of it as bringing together some of the important...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices Reference Application Architecture Cheat Sheet

    We posted our patterns & practices Reference Application Architecture Cheat Sheet on CodePlex .  It’s an overview of a layered architecture, including an brief explanation of each layer and the relevant components. Layered Architecture at a Glance Here’s a figure that shows the layers and components...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices Security Engineering Cheat Sheet

    We posted our patterns & practices Security Engineering Cheat Sheet to our Application Architecture Knowledge Base on CodePlex.   It’s a bird’s-eye view of applying our security techniques to the life cycle.  The techniques and approach shipped with VSTS/MSF Agile starting in 2005...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices Performance Engineering Cheat Sheet

    We posted our patterns & practices Performance Engineering Cheat Sheet to our Application Architecture Knowledge Base on CodePlex.   It’s a bird’s-eye view of applying our performance techniques to the life cycle.  The techniques and approach shipped with VSTS/MSF Agile starting in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Presentation, Data Access, Workflow and Integration Technology Cheat Sheets

    In my previous post, Choosing the Right Presentation Technology , I mentioned that we posted our cheat sheet on Microsoft presentation technologies to CodePlex.  Now, we’ve finished posting our cheat sheets for data access, workflow, and integration on CodePlex : Presentation Technology Matrix Data...
  • Blog Post: New Release: patterns & practices App Arch Guide 2.0 Beta 2

    Today we released our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Beta 2 .  This is our Microsoft playbook for the application platform.  It's our guide to help solution architects and developers make the most of the Microsoft platform.  It's a distillation of many lessons...
  • Blog Post: Application Architecture Checklists Posted to CodePlex

    As part of our patterns & practices Application Architecture 2.0 project , we created a set of application architecture checklists to help sweep our guide.  The act of creating the checklists, forces us to revisit the guidance.  We're still sweeping the guidance, but we're ready to share...
  • Blog Post: Choosing the Right Presentation Technology

    How do you choose among the Microsoft .NET presentation technologies?  Use scenario-based evaluation.  At the end of the day, a technology is a set of capabilities. Map those capabilities to your scenario and requirements.  OK, great, but where do you start?  That's where our cheat...
  • Blog Post: Software Architecture Best Practices at a Glance

    Today we posted our updated software architecture best practices at a glance to CodePlex, as part of our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project : Cheat Sheet: Architecture and Design Best Practices at a Glance (CodePlex) They’re essentially a brief collection of problems...
  • Blog Post: New Release: patterns & practices Acceptance Test Engineering Guide (BETA1)

    patterns & practices Acceptance Test Engineering (Beta 1) is now available. Key Scenarios Here’s the key scenarios the guide addresses: How to Plan for Acceptance Testing What Kinds of Acceptance Tests to Run How to Create and Run Acceptance Tests Defining What “Done” Means How to Justify Your Approach...
  • Blog Post: New Release: Unity Application Block

    Unity Application Block 1.2 is now available. What's New Added an interception mechanism (extension) and integration of the Policy Injection Application Block with the Unity Application Block. Added two instance interceptors (TransparentProxyInterceptor, InterfaceInterceptor) and one type interceptor...
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