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    EntLib Contrib September 2007 Release

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    In keeping with the p&p team's tradition of naming a release after the month that's just finished, the September 2007 release of EntLib Contrib is now available! EntLib Contrib is the community-driven open source project for extensions to the patterns...
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    Welcome Andrew Delin to patterns & practices

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    I was getting a little worried about losing all of the Aussies in p&p, first with Jason leaving and then me. However I'm pleased to report that a new Aussie has joined the team: Andrew Delin is the new product manager for the Microsoft Solutions Framework...
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    Abstractions: You can have too much of a good thing

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    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...
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    What am I doing now anyway?

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    Another Tech.Ed has come and gone, and I'm currently relaxing in the Qantas Club lounge at Auckland airport waiting for my flight home. As always, I had a great time attending both the Aussie and Kiwi events, and it was fun meeting so many new people...
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    Inoffensive music offends me greatly

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    OK I've been in the Qantas Club lounge far too long now, and before I board my plane I have just one comment: the so-called "inoffensive" music they are playing here (mainly easy-listening ballads from the '90s) offends me greatly. Playing such music...
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    NZ .NET Code Camp

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    One more quick ad before I head over to Tech.Ed: I've been invited to talk at the NZ .NET User Group's Code Camp on Sunday 12 August at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Auckland. This is the day before Tech.Ed NZ starts and right next door to the convention...
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    GAX += 0.1;

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    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...
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    Mapping SQL Server Errors to .NET Exceptions (the fun way!)

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    As I mentioned in my last post , I've been having some fun discovering what it's like to use patterns & practices deliverables on a real enterprise application. One of the challenges I've faced was figuring out an exception management strategy that...
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    p&p in the Real World: First Impressions

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    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...
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    Tech.Ed, here I come!

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    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...
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    First Release of EntLib Contrib

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    Sorry my blog has been a little quiet lately, as I've been spending most of my time unpacking boxes. While our place is still a bit of a disaster, most of the boxes are finally empty so hopefully I can get back to a bit more blogging. The other thing...
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    GAX 1.3 for Orcas announced

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    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...
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    VB4: "XAML, I am your father"

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    I think I've mentioned before that I've been a Visual Basic developer since the glory days of VB 1.0. While these days I prefer the syntax of C#, I still dabble in VB fairly often (usually because I've been the only one in p&p who will write VB QuickStarts...
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    The Seven Deadly Sins of Reusable Asset Development

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    The other day a customer asked me to give them some advice on building or acquiring a development framework. As it turns out, I've spent most of the last seven years either building or using reusable code assets of various kinds, so I happily agreed....
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    WPF, Silverlight, Virtual Earth... Oh My!

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    Earlier this week I helped out with a presentation to customers that took them through our latest and greatest user experience platform. Michael Kordahi (aka Delicate Genius , I haven't asked why) showed a heap of awesome demos, many of which I haven...
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    Adventures in Usability

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    One of the fun things about moving across the world is that you get to play with a lot of new and different pieces of technology. From new notebooks and mobiles, through to cars and washing machines, almost every day there are new buttons to press and...
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    Breaking the cycle of failed development projects

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    It's been a bit over two weeks since I arrived back in Australia, and things are slowly coming together. We're still waiting for all of our stuff to arrive, and for that matter a place to put it all - but at least it's sunny every day, and I'm enjoying...
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    Enterprise Library 3.1 is released

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    Those with a keen eye may have already discovered the 3.1 release out in the wild, first inside the new Smart Client Software Factory release, and in the last couple of days the complete MSI has been available if you searched through the MSDN download...
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    Enterprise Library 3.1 is coming!

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    While I've been jetsetting around the world, in Redmond the Enterprise Library team has hard at work putting together the 3.1 release. Before you get too excited, this is really just a maintenance release addressing a small number of issues discovered...
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    I'm home!

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    Yesterday morning I landed in Sydney. It's fantastic, although a little strange to be home, even though "home" is a new city for us. Here is the view from our temporary accommodation by day... ...and by night... ...and just as the morning...
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    Software Factories Exit Poll

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    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...
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    Reminder: Policy Injection Application Block webcast on this week

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    Ready to pimp your objects? Make sure you come along to my final webcast as a p&p team member, Introducing the Policy Injection Application Block . It's on this coming Tuesday, May 8th at 1:00pm PDT or 20:00 UTC. Chris Tavares (get a blog!) and Ed...
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    And Now For Something (somewhat) Different

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    In late 2003, my wife Paula and I decided it was time for a change of lifestyle, and we started looking for options to live overseas. After exploring a few different paths, I ended up receiving an offer to join the patterns & practices team as a Product...
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    Help Wanted! "p&p Contrib" is open for business!

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    Making our deliverables extensible has always been an important goal for p&p. While we do our best to provide the most flexible and complete solutions as possible, we know we can never meet 100% of your requirements, even within a single domain. To...
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    Enterprise Library 3.0 Drill-Down Webcasts

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    Right about the time we released Enterprise Library 3.0, Ed and I presented a webcast that gave a quick tour of all of the new features of the release. We got a lot of attendees, downloads and good feedback, however since we covered so much ground it...
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