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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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...
  • Blog Post: Acropolis and the future of CAB and SCSF

    Now that Acropolis is finally public, and David Hill has talked about it , we at patterns & practices can discuss it and how it affects the future of several p&p deliverables. Glenn has done a fantastic summary of all the issues and the plan going forward . Check it out.
  • Blog Post: Projects that the Community can participate in...

    Glenn posted about two new projects on CodePlex : WCSFContrib SCSFContrib These two projects are there to allow the community to post contributions, extensions, modules, etc that others can use. They compliment Enterprise Library Contrib , which Tom has already posted about . Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: Smart Client Software Factory May 2007 Shipped!

    We (finally) shipped the May 2007 version of SCSF . I should have posted earlier, but I needed a short break from computers in general. ;-) Here are links to a few other posts that other folks from the team have done. Without a great team, this project would not have been possible: Blaine -...
  • Blog Post: Schedule Updates

    Blaine has a great post on updates for the schedules for Smart Client Software Factory May 2007 and Web Client Software Factory 1.1 . All I can say is that the delay in SCSF was for two very good reasons, and the community will be happier with the results of the delay.
  • Blog Post: Call for Feedback

    There are two areas we are looking for feedback from the community, software factories and possible functionality the Web Client Software Factory. In the past year or so, patterns & practices has released five factories. Glenn , Tom , and Don have requested feedback ( via a survey ) on software...
  • Blog Post: WPF Support in the Smart Client Software Factory Explained

    A few people have recently posted about the Smart Client Software Factory May 2007 Release. Glenn gives an overview of WPF features Matias has a short blurb and a link to Miguel's post Miguel has a post that goes into technical details You can look forward to one last "weekly" code drop on the SCSF CodePlex...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 3.0 Released

    Tom Hollander has announced that Enterprise Library 3.0 is available . I know the team worked hard on this release, since we were neighbors (team room-wise). I can't wait to get a chance to use the Validation block a bit more. Sure, the Smart Client Software Factory Guidance Package is already using...
  • Blog Post: What have we been doing with the Smart Client Software Factory Update?

    Juan Arguello , one of the guys on the SCSF team, has been keeping track of what we have been working on. His post, Smart Client Guidance development , shares the details with everyone. Enjoy
  • Blog Post: Questions for the Smart Client Software Factory Community

    Right now, as a lot of you know, the Client Program team and I are working on an update to the Smart Client Software Factory. In working on this update, we have been trying to listen to the community for what will be in the update. Here is the current Roadmap, straight from the SCSF community page :...
  • Blog Post: Just Released: The First Weekly Drop of the Smart Client Software Factory

    I just posted to the SCSF CodePlex community site the SCSF Update Weekly Drop 1 . In this drop, you have the first look at: New Application Blocks . We have ported over four application blocks that were previously available as part of the Mobile Client Software Factory. We may refactor, remove...
  • Blog Post: Just Posted: Plan for Smart Client Software Factory April Update

    Blaine Wastell, a Program Manager here at p&p, has started his own blog on MSDN. Blaine and I have worked together on the Web Client Software Factory and are continuing to work together on the Smart Client Software Factory , where I will be the Dev Lead. His first blog post outlines the Plan for...
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