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  • Blog Post: Gosh! GAT/GAX is Golden!

    Hot off the presses: the February 2008 release of the Guidance Automation Toolkit and Guidance Automation Extensions is now available. In addition to a number of new features, it's great to see that GAT/GAX has finally been allowed to graduate from Community Technology Preview to a "real" release. Here...
  • Blog Post: GAX += 0.1;

    Grigori has just announced the release of the Guidance Automation Extensions and Guidance Automation Toolkit, July 2007 CTP (or simply "1.3" to their mates). While I would have personally liked to see a more substantial list of changes, this looks like a solid update with the most significant feature...
  • Blog Post: GAX 1.3 for Orcas announced

    Grigori Melnik , who has taken over responsibility of GAX and Enterprise Library since my departure from patterns & practices, has spilled the beans on the initial plans for the next version of GAX, which is being called 1.3 internally (but probably won't be once it's shipped). Planned features include...
  • Blog Post: Clarius updates the Software Factories Toolkit

    Hot on the heals of the release of the February 2007 CTP of the Guidance Automation Extensions and Guidance Automation Toolkit , Clarius has just launched the February 2007 CTP of their Software Factories Toolkit . The SFT provides a number of new tools and capabilities designed to simplify the process...
  • Blog Post: Just Released: GAT and GAX, February 2007 CTP

    After a false start a couple of weeks ago (when it was still February), we're pleased to announce that we've finally released the February 2007 CTP of the Guidance Automation Toolkit and the Guidance Automation Extensions . These technologies are increasingly important to patterns & practices, and...
  • Blog Post: Software Factory Building Roundup

    There have been a few great posts in the last couple of weeks about building software factories. Jezz Santos and Edward Bakker have been posting a series of articles titled Factories 201 to take people beyond the basics. To date, they have posted on the following: What are they (concretely)? (Edward...
  • Blog Post: Just Released: Web Service Software Factory for WCF!

    Via Don : the December 2006 release of the Web Service Software Factory is now available! This is a major new release that supports building services with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). Don (ever so eloquently) lists his highlights as: WSDL-first support . This feature definitely wasn...
  • Blog Post: EntLib 3.0: Strong Naming Guidance Package

    I hope you all had a great Christmas, or whatever else you may or may not choose to celebrate at this time of year. (I've probably been in the USA too long, with this amount of political correctness showing through ;-). This was my first Christmas in the northern hemisphere - we went skiing in Whistler...
  • Blog Post: Clarius releases Software Factories Toolkit CTP

    In order to build the best possible deliverables, the patterns & practices team pulls in a number of external specialists and industry experts to work on our teams. For the last couple of years, we've been working very closely with Clarius Consulting (as well as other companies and individual consultants...
  • Blog Post: Installing GAT/GAX and factories under Windows Vista

    Now that Windows Vista is here, I know a lot of people are going to want to run GAT/GAX and Software Factories on the new OS. While it is possible to run these on Vista, there are some known issues with the June 2006 CTPs of GAT/GAX, especially around installation. As we discover these issues and hopefully...
  • Blog Post: DSL and GAT: Together at last (sort of)

    Combining automated guidance and Domain-Specific Languages is one of the key themes for the next-generation software factory platform that we're currently working on. Currently, these concepts are supported in separate deliverables, namely the Guidance Automation Toolkit and DSL Tools . While it will...
  • Blog Post: p&p Installers in the Vista World

    Yesterday I took the plunge and installed Windows Vista RC1 and Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh. Unfortunately my notebook is over 2 years old and pretty sluggish (it gets a whopping 1.0 "Windows Experience Index" score) so I'm missing out on most of the snazzy stuff, but so far it seems to be running...
  • Blog Post: Debugging Guidance Packages

    In the last couple of weeks a couple of people have pinged me to ask about how to best test and debug guidance packages built with the Guidance Automation Toolkit . Two questions on the same topic in a month is my threshold for creating a blog post (it's one way to manage the constant deluge :-), so...
  • Blog Post: Just Released: Web Service Software Factory

    The patterns & practices team is pleased to announce the availability of the first "official" release of the Web Service Software Factory . The Service Factory is the latest addition to our fast-growing crop of factories, including the Smart Client Software Factory and the Mobile Client Software...
  • Blog Post: Software Factories: The Next Generation

    First, a little comic relief about factories and meta-factories . In case you haven't noticed, the patterns & practices Factory Factory assembly line is well and truly moving! Last month saw the release of the Smart Client Software Factory . Last week we followed this up with the Mobile Client...
  • Blog Post: Guidance Automation Extensions and Toolkit: June 2006 Release

    The patterns & practices team is please to announce the availability of the June 2006 CTP of the Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) and Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT) ! As reported previously , this is a relatively minor update to the previous December 2005 CTP which includes some important...
  • Blog Post: GAX and GAT update, and introducing the Guidance Navigator.

    Wojtek has finally emerged from his self-inflicted blogging exile to inform the world that we're on the verge of releasing an update to the Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) and Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT). This is a relatively minor release, mostly including fixes to bugs that we discovered...
  • Blog Post: First community drop of the Web Service Software Factory now available!

    The patterns & practices team is pleased to announce that the first public drop of the Web Service Software Factory is now available from our new community site at http://practices.gotdotnet.com/projects/svcfactory . We're looking forward to having you as a member of the community, and your feedback...
  • Blog Post: Just Released! GAT, and all sorts of other cool stuff...

    It's been a busy couple of weeks over in Building 5 ! With the holidays approaching quickly, the whole group has been working hard to get a bunch of great deliverables out before the silly season comes into full swing. And I'm pleased to say that things have gone well - and even though EntLib didn't...
  • Blog Post: GAT Release Plans

    Those diehard p&p fans in the audience are no doubt familiar with the Guidance Automation Toolkit (or GAT). We first launched GAT in May 2005, and so far it has had little fanfare - but this is in fact one of our most significant deliverables. GAT allows architects and developers (that includes us...
  • Blog Post: GAT documentation in a wiki

    Here in the patterns & practices team, people are inclined to go wiki-mad from time to time. We use them extensively internally for brainstorming and quick content creation, plus we have a bunch hosted on Channel 9 and elsewhere . A lot of this is due to the presence of wiki pioneer Ward Cunningham...
  • Blog Post: What's next in the LOB Program?

    Not many people know (or for that matter, really need to know) that the patterns & practices team is internally organized into four "programs". A program is basically an umbrella used to group related projects, with a dedicated budget and core team (although some people do work on different projects...
  • Blog Post: Cool use of GAT: NUnit Converter

    Even before we released the Guidance Automation Toolkit , I knew it would be pretty difficult for a lot of people to work out what this was for until we had some useful guidance packages available. The plan is that many (even most?) patterns & practices deliverables will ultimately use guidance packages...
  • Blog Post: Guidance Automation Toolkit now available to download

    Get it here ! Note that you need Visual Studio 2005 beta 2, and you will need to download and install the Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) before you can install the Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT). Both are available to download from the same site.
  • Blog Post: Letting the GAT out of the bag

    Weather permitting, we will be releasing the first tech preview of the Guidance Automation Toolkit, or GAT, this week. <Update: It is now released > GAT is a little different to what you have come to expect from patterns & practices deliverables, so I'd like to spend a bit of time explaining...
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