DSL and GAT: Together at last (sort of)

Combining automated guidance and Domain-Specific Languages is one of the key themes for the next-generation software factory platform that we’re currently working on. Currently, these concepts are supported in separate deliverables, namely the Guidance Automation Toolkit and DSL Tools. While it will be some time before we integrate these technologies into a single software factory…


p&p Installers in the Vista World

Yesterday I took the plunge and installed Windows Vista RC1 and Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh. Unfortunately my notebook is over 2 years old and pretty sluggish (it gets a whopping 1.0 “Windows Experience Index” score) so I’m missing out on most of the snazzy stuff, but so far it seems to be running…

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Debugging Guidance Packages

In the last couple of weeks a couple of people have pinged me to ask about how to best test and debug guidance packages built with the Guidance Automation Toolkit. Two questions on the same topic in a month is my threshold for creating a blog post (it’s one way to manage the constant deluge…

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Just Released: Web Service Software Factory

The patterns & practices team is pleased to announce the availability of the first “official” release of the Web Service Software Factory. The Service Factory is the latest addition to our fast-growing crop of factories, including the Smart Client Software Factory and the Mobile Client Software Factory. I know many of you have been following…

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Software Factories: The Next Generation

First, a little comic relief about factories and meta-factories. In case you haven’t noticed, the patterns & practices Factory Factory assembly line is well and truly moving! Last month saw the release of the Smart Client Software Factory. Last week we followed this up with the Mobile Client Software Factory. And, Real Soon Now, we’ll…

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Guidance Automation Extensions and Toolkit: June 2006 Release

The patterns & practices team is please to announce the availability of the June 2006 CTP of the Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) and Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT)! As reported previously, this is a relatively minor update to the previous December 2005 CTP which includes some important bug fixes and usability improvements. What are GAX and…

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GAX and GAT update, and introducing the Guidance Navigator.

Wojtek has finally emerged from his self-inflicted blogging exile to inform the world that we’re on the verge of releasing an update to the Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) and Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT). This is a relatively minor release, mostly including fixes to bugs that we discovered while building our current crop of Software Factories…

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First community drop of the Web Service Software Factory now available!

The patterns & practices team is pleased to announce that the first public drop of the Web Service Software Factory is now available from our new community site at http://practices.gotdotnet.com/projects/svcfactory. We’re looking forward to having you as a member of the community, and your feedback and questions will help us make this deliverable more relevant…

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Just Released! GAT, and all sorts of other cool stuff…

It’s been a busy couple of weeks over in Building 5! With the holidays approaching quickly, the whole group has been working hard to get a bunch of great deliverables out before the silly season comes into full swing. And I’m pleased to say that things have gone well – and even though EntLib didn’t…

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GAT Release Plans

Those diehard p&p fans in the audience are no doubt familiar with the Guidance Automation Toolkit (or GAT). We first launched GAT in May 2005, and so far it has had little fanfare – but this is in fact one of our most significant deliverables. GAT allows architects and developers (that includes us as well…

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