Head in the Clouds

As a software architect, my head is often in the clouds, dreaming of the future. And the future is increasingly in the cloud...

September, 2005

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    Contracts and IContract

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    In my post What is an Addin? I said that a "contract" is just that: "a previously decided upon method of communication with rules and limitations." Here is where we discuss the rules and limitations for .NET Addin contracts. In my post Addins in .NET...
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    MAF vs. COM

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    OK, I know I said my next post would be an in depth treatment of IContract, but I remembered I wanted to fininsh something I started with my earlied post Addins in .NET . I noted there that .NET currently was still analogous to the LoadLibrary\GetProcAddress...
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    What is MAF?

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    As I noted we also unveiled yesterday the Managed Addin Framework (MAF). MAF is necessary realization of the Addin Model architecture. It is included in two assemblies: System.Addin and System.Addin.Contract. These assemblies will ship first with the...
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    PDC 05: Visual Studio Tools for Applications Announced

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    Today we announced Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA). As Eric Rudder said, think of VSTA as the next generation of VBA. But is far more powerful, with the entire power of the .NET Framework, Visual Studio, and C# and VB .NET. This morning...
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    PDC05: Addins in .NET

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    I noted in an earlier post that I was involved in a committee to establish an Addin Model for Windows Vista. As will most large committees, progress was slow. But it wasn't fruitless. I will be speaking at PDC tomorrow with my colleague Jim Miller on...
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    What is an Addin?

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    Now that we know how to spell it, let’s define our terms. The definition of the word “Addin” it turns out is more complicated -- and is a sense more simple -- than I originally thought when I first started questioning it. Before that I had my own definitive...
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    So is it Addin or Add-in or Add in or, for that matter, plug-in?

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    This seems silly, arguing about the hyphenation of the word, but there has been an extensive debate on the “correct” spelling of the word. A debate which ultimately I lost – but I get the last word here: it is my blog. The “official” Microsoft spelling...
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