"Want to see the Enterprise Library application blocks in action in a realistic service oriented application? And would you like automated guidance to help you build your own applications that comply with a proven architecture? Then check out the July Communtiy Drop of the Web Service Software Factory. In addition to providing a reference implementation, written and automated guidance around building service interfaces with ASMX, this latest drop includes a new data access guidance package that makes it easy to build a data access layer using the Enterprise Library Data Access Application Block."
Don't forget to read the release notes:
"IMPORTANT NOTE: This latest release of WSSF requires the new June 2006 CTP release of the Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) and the Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT - only if you want to customize the guidance packages). You must uninstall any guidance packages, GAT and GAX before installing the new release. Get GAX and GAT at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/teamsystem/workshop/gat/ and find out more at http://blogs.msdn.com/tomholl/archive/2006/06/24/645882.aspx. "
I haven't kept up with the software factories coming out of our patterns & practices group. I'd love to hear what customers think of them. Right now the Web Service Software Factory, Smart Client Software Factory, and Mobile Client Software Factory are available. They are also working on a Web Client Software Factory.
What's a software factory? I think the wikipedia definition is a good start.
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