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  • Blog Post: Data Access Guidance Refresh

    Over the last few weeks (in my copious spare time between midnight and six in the morning), I have been updating the Data Access Guidance code base to VS2010B2 in prepration for a few talks I am giving on Data Access patterns. As soon as I am happy with the code, I will post something on our the project...
  • Blog Post: Web Client Developer Guidance

    For the past several months, I ahve been working with Blaine and Francis on the Web Client Developer Guidance project . This project (when we ship) will provide further guidance for web developers who are creating risch responsive web applications. We have spent considerable time focusing on things like...
  • Blog Post: If you missed the patterns & practices summit....

    Ajoy has posted that three of the sessions have been made available online at pnp Summit videos online . Since one of the three sessions is one that Grigori and I did about the Acceptance Testing Guide, Driving Development with Acceptance Testing , I figured I'd share the information. The other two sessions...
  • Blog Post: Who is using WCSF?

    Blaine and I would like to ask the community to let us know "who is using WCSF?"  We know that WCSF has been fairly successful based on: WCSF has been downloaded a few times (ok, it is really many thousands of times) The discussion forums on CodePlex are fairly busy Direct customer engagement...
  • 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: Back from vacation... and a lot has happened in the last week

    I took a week off, which was good. I visited family and spent time relaxing and playing video games. (Fallout3 rocks so far!!). I got back this morning to hundreds of emails to go through. After reading almost all of it, there were a few things that happened recently I wanted to share... Here are the...
  • Blog Post: How to migrate from CAB/SCSF to Composite WPF

    Blaine recently posted that there is a CAB to Prism Comparison Available on Codeplex . This links to Composite Application Guidance for CAB Developers , a download from the CompositeWPF community site. While this document does not help you decide IF [*] you should switch from CAB/SCSF to CompositeWPF...
  • 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: Acceptance Test Engineering guide Alpha Available

    Last night I posted the Alpha version of Acceptance Test Engineering guide - How to Decide if Software is Ready for You or Your Customer to the Acceptance Test Engineering CodePlex community site . There are 300+ pages of content. It is still a bit rough, has some gaps in it, and needs some work, but...
  • Blog Post: Unit testing SharePoint

    Francis has an article on Unit Testing SharePoint 2007 Applications He also did a brownbag talk on this yesterday, which was very interesting and brought up a few big challenges and ways to work around them. Enjoy
  • 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 Guide Update

    The team has been writing, editing, re-writing, and working hard on putting together a guide on Acceptance Testing. We have made quite a bit of progress, decided on an organization scheme, the basic format of how we want to write each chapter, and have re-worked a lot of content to fit this model. We...
  • Blog Post: Converting the Composite Web Application Block to Unity - Using the UnityCompositionContainer

    This is the sixth 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: 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: Converting the Composite Web Application Block to Unity - Ummmm...Oooops.

    This is the forth 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: 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...
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