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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: The Repository Factory - Try It, Use It, Contribute!

    This news isn't exactly hot of the presses, but it probably flew under the radar for many of you so I thought it was worth a blog post. The first official release of the Repository Factory is now available to download from CodePlex. Not sure what this is or why you might care? Read on... Some history...
  • Blog Post: Abstractions: You can have too much of a good thing

    Architects love abstracting things. And why wouldn't they - it allows you to hide those pesky implementation details out of the way so they don't trouble your callers, and lets you completely change the implementation at a later stage, provided the interface isn't changed. But like most of the good things...
  • 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: Tech.Ed, here I come!

    To continue my recent tradition of attending Tech.Ed in a different region every year, this year I'll be playing on home soil at Tech.Ed Australia (on the Gold Coast, 7-10 August) and Tech.Ed New Zealand (in Auckland, 13-15 August). I'll be presenting on the following relatively predictable (but hopefully...
  • 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: Software Factories Exit Poll

    It's been almost a year since we released our first software factory. In the months leading up to that first release, the Smart Client Factory, we thought we were onto something interesting, but I certainly wouldn't have predicted that a year later we would have five different p&p factories and so...
  • Blog Post: VSIP Factory on CodePlex

    While the initial crop of patterns & practices software factories target different types of business applications, we're seeing that the software factory form-factor is a great way of packaging guidance for some less expected scenarios. One such example is the Application Block Software Factory ...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library: The Videos

    For quite some time, Don has been been putting together short video tutorials on the Web Service Software Factory (including a brand new one giving a preview of the upcoming v3 release ). Up until now I've never tried this, but Don has been getting pretty good feedback on his videos, and I've seen more...
  • Blog Post: Just Released! Enterprise Library 3.0 - April 2007

    Yes, it's finally here. The patterns & practices team is pleased to announce the official release of Enterprise Library 3.0 - April 2007 for the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0. Highlights of this Release If you've been keeping up with the Community Technology Preview releases, there shouldn't be...
  • Blog Post: "Enterprise Library 3.0 - What's New?" Webcast on tomorrow, March 27th

    We're currently putting the final coat of polish onto Enterprise Library 3.0, and we should have the release out the door right at the start of April. But we wanted to get a head start on the launch party with our first EntLib 3.0 webcast, which is on tomorrow, March 27th at 10am PDT / 17:00 UTC . In...
  • 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: It's Webcast Time!

    We've been in a bit of a webcast drought in p&p for a little while, but we're trying to make some amends over the next couple of months with a number of webcasts about Enterprise Library and Software Factories. Here's the schedule for the first few: Webcast Presenter Date and Time...
  • 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: Software Factories: 100,000 served!

    Soma , our division's VP, has just announced on his blog that the first four patterns & practices software factories have reached the milestone of 100,000 downloads. If you haven't checked out the Web Service Software Factory , Web Client Software Factory , Smart Client Software Factory or Mobile...
  • 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: Just Released! Enterprise Library 3.0 - December 2006 CTP

    If you'd planned to spend the Christmas holidays drinking beer, watching cricket and eating way too much (or whatever it is that you normally do at this time of the year in your part of the world), I've got some bad news for you. We've just released the first Community Technology Preview release of Enterprise...
  • 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: Block Building Made Easy

    One of the coolest new capabilities we're building for Enterprise Library v3 is the Application Block Software Factory. As its name ever-so-subtly suggests, this will be a software factory for building your own application blocks. We'll be including an early drop of this factory in the first preview...
  • 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: 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: Live in Concert

    OK, so I won't be accompanied by a full orchestra, and if past experience is anything to go by, I won't expect a lot of groupies. But, I do have a couple of presentations coming up that I wanted to plug. While I know this sounds like a cliche, getting out and about talking to real architects and developers...
  • 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...
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