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  • Blog Post: Where is WCSF headed?

    Blaine & I have been getting a lot of emails, messages, comments, etc about WCSF.  There are a lot of people interested in a public statement from patterns & practices about the roadmap for WCSF and future support of WCSF, in addition to the "normal" feature requests. Well, we...
  • Blog Post: Finally, a common Service Locator

    I know that this is old news by now, but Chris Tavares , Glenn Block , and a few others around here have been working with a number of folks from the wider .NET community to create a common wrapper for IoC containers. Chris & Glenn created a community site ( http://www.codeplex.com/CommonServiceLocator...
  • Blog Post: Guidance on SharePoint

    You all might be amazed by the number of emails, messages, and calls I get asking for any of the following: Guidance on SharePoint Requests to add SharePoint Guidance to WCSF Requests to add "Office applications" support to SCSF Well, I can finally help out folks looking for guidance on how to build...
  • Blog Post: See Real Results With patterns & practices

    I visited the p&p homepage on MSDN today, and saw an announcement for a research report by Nucleus Research about patterns & practices, and what companies that use our guidance think the benefits are. Check out See Real Results With patterns & practices (an overview) and download and read...
  • Blog Post: Acceptance Testing Guide Community Preview 2 Available!

    As I have mentioned before in a few posts ( Acceptance Test Engineering Guidance , Acceptance Testing Guidance Survey , and Acceptance Testing Guide Update ), I am working with a team on guidance around acceptance testing . We still have a lot of work to do our the guide, but we have made available a...
  • Blog Post: Composite Application Guidance for WPF Shipped!

    A while back, I was Dev Lead on the Smart Client Software Factory (SCSF) when we added the ability to host WPF controls in a Composite Application Block (CAB) application. Since then, the thinking in the WPF space has changed a bit, and p&p decided that offering guidance on full WPF applications...
  • Blog Post: Proof of Concept: a simple DI solution for ASP.NET WebForms

    Chris Tavares and I were chatting yesterday morning about an idea Chris had: building a simple, reusable Http Module that gives folks DI scoped to the Application, Session, and Request. Yesterday afternoon, during the p&p Dev team's weekly "Code Kata" we threw together a spike/proof of concept in...
  • Blog Post: Acceptance Testing Guidance Survey

    We have put together a survey to get a bit more input from the community about Acceptance Testing. If you are at all involved in software development, deployment, or operations acceptance testing proabably impacts you in some way, shape, or form, so you may want to add your insight to what we are working...
  • Blog Post: Converting the Composite Web Application Block to Unity - Actually Adding Unity

    This is the fifth post in a series. The other post include: Converting the Composite Web Application Block to Unity - Intro . Converting the Composite Web Application Block to Unity - Adding an ICompositionContainer Converting the Composite Web Application Block to Unity - Clean Up ICompositionContainer...
  • Blog Post: We really do listen to community feedback

    The other day, we shipped the Smart Client Software Factory April 2008 Release . Before we shipped, I asked the team to audit all the open work items in the queue on the SCSF community site's Issue Tracker and determine what we had fixed. We had used the items in the Issue Tracker before and during the...
  • Blog Post: Smart Client Software Factory – April 2008 Release is available on MSDN

    The April 2008 release of the Smart Client Software Factory is now available at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa480482.aspx . This is a port of the last release (May 2007, if I recall correctly) to VS2008. No new features were added. A few bugs were fixed, and a number of work items from...
  • Blog Post: Smart Client Software Factory April 2008 Release Candidate Available

    Friday, I posted we had a solid Beta. Today, I am letting you know that SCSF now has a Release Candidate (RC) . The bug that appeared Friday is, we think, fixed. We actually published the RC before we completed any internal testing, so the customer who reported the issue would have a chance to verify...
  • Blog Post: Smart Client Software Factory April 2008 Beta Available

    The SCSF April 2008 Beta Release that supports Visual Studio 2008 is now available. We fixed all the known issues from the Alpha. It is solid , and may actually be a release candidate, rather than a beta. Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: Acceptance Test Engineering Guidance

    As I mentioned before ( Acceptance Testing Guidance , Grigori's Take on the Acceptance Testing Project ), I am working on guidance around acceptance testing with Grigori . We now have alive CodePlex site that we can work from: patterns & practices: Acceptance Test Engineering Guidance We will be...
  • Blog Post: Smart Client Software Factory April 2008 Alpha Available

    For the past month or so, Blaine and I have been overseeing the development of the April release of the Smart Client Software Factory. This release is being done mostly by a team of vendors, freeing Blaine to run Prism and I to run the Acceptance Testing Guidance project. Blaine and I are still very...
  • Blog Post: Converting the Composite Web Application Block to Unity - Clean Up ICompositionContainer

    This is the third post in a series. The other post include Converting the Composite Web Application Block to Unity - Intro . Converting the Composite Web Application Block to Unity - Adding an ICompositionContainer If you want background, go read the earlier posts. Based upon feedback, I am making the...
  • Blog Post: Unity Shipped

    I am a little late to the party, but Unity shipped last week. Here are a few other posts about it: Grigori: Unity DI container 1.0 shipped! Chris: Unity 1.0 is released! I have used Unity in an internal project here at p&p, as well as a proof of concept re-write of CWAB using Unity. The interface...
  • Blog Post: Acceptance Testing Guidance

    On Monday, Grigori and I kicked off a new project: Acceptance Testing Guidance Actually, we kicked off a pre-project planning project. In two to three weeks, we need to decide if there is enough demand for guidance on acceptance testing to warrant a real project, determine the scope of the project, generate...
  • Blog Post: Data-mining for Code Quality Metrics

    I spent two weeks between full time projects (still working on the 2 part time projects I am on) looking back at the build logs from the past 6 months (or so) trying to figure out what metrics we have, what we should track going forward, and what goals we should have for these metrics. I came up with...
  • Blog Post: Weird COM Exceptions in SCSF/CAB Unit Tests

    The SCSF project was getting a weird error with the unit tests that were brought forward from VS2005 to VS2008. All the unit tests would pass, however the test run would fail with the following error in a special log file: One of the background threads threw exception: System.Runtime.InteropServices...
  • Blog Post: The .NET Framework is a bit on the big side.

    As anyone who has ever tried to find docs on MSDN already knows, the .NET Framework is big. Real big. I can see the feedback already: Thanks, Mike for stating the bloody obvious.... Seriously, though, how big is this library that we have been building applications, web sites, critical line-of-business...
  • Blog Post: Web Client Software Factory February 2008 Ships with Side by Side Support

    When we originally released the Web Client Software Factory February 2008, there was an issue for a number of folks. If you had VS2005 installed with the October release of WCSF, you could not install the February release on VS2008 without uninstalling the October version. After some feedback fromcustomers...
  • Blog Post: Web Client Software Factory February 2008 Ships!

    I know that folks have been reading about the Web Client Software Factory on Blaine's blog and on Glenn's blog. Blaine posted about what we planned to include, back in December with Next version of Web Client Software Factory (WCSF) . Glenn had the post at the end of January, Web Client 2.0 closer than...
  • Blog Post: Developing a ASP .NET Control with client capabilities

    Brian J. Cardiff ( from Clarius Consulting) is one of the developers on the Web Client team.  He has asked me to post an article for him, since he does not have a blog (yet). Here it is (with some re-formatting): Developing a ASP .NET Control with client capabilities (using ASP .NET Ajax Extensions...
  • Blog Post: The future of WPF Guidance

    There is a lot of new information, all announced today, about the future of Acropolis, CAB, and WPF guidance from patterns & practices .  This comes about after a lot of internal discussions between the patterns & practices Client / User Experience team and the Acropolis team. If you want...
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