Patterns and Practices has released the latest version of the Guidance Automation Extensions and Guidance Automation Toolkit. If you're using or creating software factories, this is a key building block. You can click the following link to Download the Guidance Automation Extensions and Guidance Automation Toolkit February 2008 Release for Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008. If you want the toolkit, you'll need to install the Guidance Automation Extensions - February 2008 Release first.
Some of the good news:
- You no longer have to uninstall older versions of the Guidance Automation Extensions to install the latest version.
- The Guidance Automation Extensions installer detects and maintains previously installed guidance packages. The toolkit requires an update, though.
- There are versions for Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008. If you have side-by-side installations of 2005 and 2008, you can also have side-by-side installations of the Guidance Automation Extensions and Toolkit.
If this is new information for you, you can see the primer at Introduction to the Guidance Automation Toolkit. If you want some more information, then Gregori Melnik gives a little more information here, and Tom Hollander blogs more here (basically the same info in both).