p&p in the Real World: First Impressions

As a product manager at patterns & practices, I got to write a lot more code than most people would expect from a product manager. However the nature of the job and the team meant that it was basically all prototypes and samples. So after over 3 years, it’s very exciting to be working as a…

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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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One week until TechEd: Developers

TechEd: Developers kicks off in Barcelona on November 7th. According to the site, it’s not too late to register – so if you’re looking for some great technical content and you’re from that part of the world (or if you can get there), you better get cracking! In addition to the many fantastic speakers from…

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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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Service Factory Hands-On Lab Now Available

Don has been slaving away day and night and has finally paid some dividends with the release of the Hands-On Labs for Service Factory. The labs provide a step-by-step guide to developing a realistic service-oriented application using the Service Factory, and is based on a scenario much beloved by Don, Jason, me and most of…

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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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July Community Drop of Web Service Software Factory

It must be the end of the fiscal year of something, because we have yet another new release to tell you about: the July Community Drop of the Web Service Software Factory is now available to download from our GotDotNet Community Site. While this is not our official “v1” release, it’s starting to come together nicely, and…

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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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