How do I expose configuration information through MEF?

<Goal>Post in 15 mins or less :-)</Goal> This question which recently popped on our forums is one of the common questions we hear from customers. In this particular case, wcoenen (the person in the forums) had recently used information that he wanted to pull from configuration and pipe to a part. He solved the problem…

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Herding code on MVVM and other presentation patterns in WPF and Silverlight

Recently I had the pleasure of having a nice lively discussion on Herding Code with my cohorts Ward Bell,  Rob Eisenberg and Jeremy Miller around one of our favorite topics, Presentation Patterns. We let the gloves come off and went at it for about 2 hours. The conversation ranged from topics including View First vs…

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Upcoming talks at NDC in Oslo and Poland

Next week, I am heading to Europe for two weeks to give several talks. My first stop is NDC 2009, where I’ll be delivering the following talks: Framework Design Guidelines Building Maintainable Enterprise Applications with Silverlight and WPF Building openly extensible applications with .NET Framework 4.0 NDC looks like an amazing event with a great…

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“View Model” – the movie, cast your vote.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardmoross/3064808115/ No we’re not actually making a movie about View Model. If we were I am sure we’d get a low turn-out. 🙂 However it did get your attention. What we are doing is some serious exploration into how we can help from a platform perspective folks that are implementing ViewModel (AKA Model-View-ViewModel  AKA Presentation…

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Composite Application Guidance Talk at Tech-Ed

Several months ago, Brian Noyes and I delivered a talk on Composite App Guidance AKA Prism at Tech-Ed USA. In the talk we discuss the essentials of Prism and do a bunch of demonstrations (well Brian did) of how to use it’s various components. The talk went really well and the feedback we got was…

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Prism, CAB, and WinForms futures

On the forums, Bil asked the questions below. Just wondering about guidance here. I have clients who are not ready or able to move to 3.5/VS2008 yet but need to start developing new Smart Client applications. They’re also not ready to move to WPF as they don’t see a lot of value in it for…

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WPF, from this to that..Wow!

A few weeks ago, our reference implementation for Prism looked like this. Early on we decided that we needed the RI to have a better look in feel so that it delivered a more real world WPF experience. We hired a design firm to create XAML proofs based on our implementation. The process on their…

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Announcing the patterns and practices Patterns Factory

For some time now I’ve been working on a project that I’ve not been able to talk about. Well today, I am finally able to let the cat out of the bag. One of the challenges we’ve been hearing about from customers is around patterns. We hear they are way too hard to grok, and…

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Prism talk at WPF Bootcamp

Some months ago I delivered a talk on “Prism’ at the WPF Bootcamp. The talk gives a good overview of why we are doing this work. At the time of this demo it was very early, before we even started on the RI work. It does give a good idea of where we are heading,…

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Prism Drop 2

We just shipped our next “Prism” drop on codeplex. Below is a list of some of the significant changes. RegionManagerService no longer exposes AddViewToRegion. Added a sliding region to the shell which displays the watch list. Add to Watchlist functionality now works. A custom AddWatchCommand command uses a WatchListService to add the new item I…

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