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Software Factories in .NET, by Christian Weyer

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on August 29, 2006

I went to an interesting talk tonight by Christian Weyer, where he described some of the upcoming features in Visual Studio, namely Software Factories. Software Factories allow you to customize and extend Visual Studio much more easily than before, so you can bundle together things like wizards, context sensitive menu actions, code generation etc. The slides from the event are available here.

Being the good Java-devotee that I am (I’m not religious about it or anything, they pay me to care 🙂 ), I of course pointed out that this is, in many ways, very similar to Eclipse perspectives, which also allow you to easily (“easily” being relative of course) extend an Eclipse rich client application with organised packages of code in Plugins and Features. These plugins and features are used to do everything in Eclipse applications, like wizards, context sensitive menu actions, code generation etc (seeing a pattern here?).

As I promised to Christian and others, here are some useful links to Eclipse documentation on this subject:

  • This is the basic, high level description of Eclipse perspectives, more from a users point of view than a developers.
  • Eclipse Rich Client tutorials Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Part 2 is where it describes Perspectives best.
  • A book, in German (for you Christian 😉 ), on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP).
  • A screencast on Eclipse RCP application development. All RCP applications are based on Perspectives.ISV Guide pic
  • And finally, a plug, my RedPaper called “IBM Workplace Managed Client: ISV Integration Guide“, which describes a number of different methods of writing Eclipse RCP applications based on the IBM Workplace Managed Client application. (It’s really good, honest!). Much of the practices and technology described in this paper are used in the upcoming Lotus Notes release, codename Hannover.

All in all, it was a very good talk, with a packed room. It’s just a pity there wasn’t a screening of Blade Runner in a private cinema, like the last time I saw Christian present, in 2004. I guess we were a bit spoiled that time!

P.S. Thanks to Kieran from Digerati for telling me about the event.

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Dojo in .NET… Is Atlas about to drop the ball?

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on July 31, 2006

Just read about the Emergetk toolkit, bringing Dojo to .NET. Very cool idea. I wonder how this will play out against MS Atlas, Microsoft’s Ajax toolkit? They’re going to need good tooling for Visual Studio for one thing, and probably get rid of the GPL license, or else it’ll be a pretty hard sell. Still, it’s great to hear Dojo being promoted to the .NET crowd!

Here’s my comment on the subject..

Update: The GPL is now gone, they’re using the BSD license instead. Much better!

Posted in .NET, Ajax, Atlas, Dojo, Javascript, Microsoft, open source, Technical | 3 Comments »

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