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’s the official rundown of what’s in…

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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 being support for Visual Studio 2008…

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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: Support for both Visual Studio 2005 and Visual…


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 of building software factories using GAT…


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 to many of you, since they form the foundation…

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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) When would you build…

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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’t the most challenging to include, but I still love it. I’ve…

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EntLib 3.0: Strong Naming Guidance Package

I hope you all had a great Christmas, or whatever else you may or may not choose to celebrate at this time of year. (I’ve probably been in the USA too long, with this amount of political correctness showing through ;-). This was my first Christmas in the northern hemisphere – we went skiing in…

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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) on a large number of projects,…

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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…

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