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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The Repository Factory – Try It, Use It, Contribute!

This news isn’t exactly hot of the presses, but it probably flew under the radar for many of you so I thought it was worth a blog post. The first official release of the Repository Factory is now available to download from CodePlex. Not sure what this is or why you might care? Read on……

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Abstractions: You can have too much of a good thing

Architects love abstracting things. And why wouldn’t they – it allows you to hide those pesky implementation details out of the way so they don’t trouble your callers, and lets you completely change the implementation at a later stage, provided the interface isn’t changed. But like most of the good things in life, there comes…

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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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Tech.Ed, here I come!

To continue my recent tradition of attending Tech.Ed in a different region every year, this year I’ll be playing on home soil at Tech.Ed Australia (on the Gold Coast, 7-10 August) and Tech.Ed New Zealand (in Auckland, 13-15 August). I’ll be presenting on the following relatively predictable (but hopefully informative and entertaining) topics: ARC307 :…

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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…


Software Factories Exit Poll

It’s been almost a year since we released our first software factory. In the months leading up to that first release, the Smart Client Factory, we thought we were onto something interesting, but I certainly wouldn’t have predicted that a year later we would have five different p&p factories and so many people using and…

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VSIP Factory on CodePlex

While the initial crop of patterns & practices software factories target different types of business applications, we’re seeing that the software factory form-factor is a great way of packaging guidance for some less expected scenarios. One such example is the Application Block Software Factory (included in Enterprise Library 3.0) which simplifies the development of providers, blocks…


Enterprise Library: The Videos

For quite some time, Don has been been putting together short video tutorials on the Web Service Software Factory (including a brand new one giving a preview of the upcoming v3 release). Up until now I’ve never tried this, but Don has been getting pretty good feedback on his videos, and I’ve seen more than a few requests…

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Just Released! Enterprise Library 3.0 – April 2007

Yes, it’s finally here. The patterns & practices team is pleased to announce the official release of Enterprise Library 3.0 – April 2007 for the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0.   Highlights of this Release If you’ve been keeping up with the Community Technology Preview releases, there shouldn’t be anything too surprising in the final release, although…

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