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  • Blog Post: p&p in the Real World: First Impressions

    As a product manager at patterns & practices , I got to write a lot more code than most people would expect from a product manager. However the nature of the job and the team meant that it was basically all prototypes and samples. So after over 3 years, it's very exciting to be working as a solution...
  • 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: One week until TechEd: Developers

    TechEd: Developers kicks off in Barcelona on November 7th. According to the site, it's not too late to register - so if you're looking for some great technical content and you're from that part of the world (or if you can get there), you better get cracking! In addition to the many fantastic speakers...
  • 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: Service Factory Hands-On Lab Now Available

    Don has been slaving away day and night and has finally paid some dividends with the release of the Hands-On Labs for Service Factory . The labs provide a step-by-step guide to developing a realistic service-oriented application using the Service Factory, and is based on a scenario much beloved by Don...
  • 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: July Community Drop of Web Service Software Factory

    It must be the end of the fiscal year of something, because we have yet another new release to tell you about: the July Community Drop of the Web Service Software Factory is now available to download from our GotDotNet Community Site. While this is not our official "v1" release, it's starting to come...
  • 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: Service Factory: May CTP and a new blogcast

    Just a quick note to let you know that the May Community Preview of the Web Service Software Factory is now available to download from http://practices.gotdotnet.com/svcfactory . Highlights of this release include (with apologies to Jason for stealing his write-up :-) Updates to our base WCF...
  • Blog Post: Don "blogcasts" on Service Factory

    Have you heard about this new Service Factory thing but you're not sure how to get started? One option is to join the community , download the preview bits and dive in head first. But if you prefer a kinder, gentler option, Don has started to put together some "blogcasts" that provide video introductions...
  • 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...
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