MEF for Beginner (concept) – part 1

2009/11/28

MEF for Beginner - part 1 this post is the first in a series of posts of How To start using the new MEF (Manage Extensibility Framework). the series will include simple steps for using MEF on the .NET, Silverlight and Compact Framework platform.   the series TOC is available here.   MEF Concept part 1 will focus on the MEF concept, while the following posts will focus on the implementation details.   What is MEF? the MEF framework is the...
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MEF talk by Glenn Block

2009/11/20

MEF Talk by Glenn Block   Glenn Block gave PDC talk of how to use MEF on Silverlight 4.0 application. the talk cover MEF basics + delay Silverlight loading. at the end of the talk Glenn ask Ariel Ben Horesh from SELA group to demonstrate his Prism MEF application.   you can learn more about MEF by attending on my session at the SDP.  
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Key notes PDC day 2

2009/11/18

Today PDC Key Note important announcement on the Silverlight 4.0 public beta. in the last few weeks i was reviewing the Silverlight 4.0 labs written by Alex Golesh,  Ido Flatow and Josh Reuben at SELA. the Silverlight 4.0 has lot of new features and capabilities. it is definitely less restricting environment with lot of new opportunities. one highlight of the Silverlight 4.0 capability is running flash inside Silverlight application including the capability of using the flash as visual brush (you can break it into separate parts which keep playing).   ...
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StreamInsight at the PDC

i just came out of the StreamInsight lecture at the PDC. StreamInsight is new coming framework for handling the very common scenario of pub/sub for durable events. it is owned by the SQL Server team but they built it in as a modular component that can run without any dependency of existence SQL Server (i.e. it can run in memory without additional installation). it is still in it Beta 2 stage but it seem very promising.
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Key note

2009/11/17

The PDC09 Key Notes session was somewhat not innovative.   anyway the few notes that i find interesting is: Dalas technology: seem  interesting, it simplify access to bank of data repositories via generated service proxy SQL Azure Data Sync, and Project Sydney: help us to extend our on promises SQL Serer data during peek time to the cloud (SQL Azure)
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MEF dinner and Glenn

Finally i had the opportunity to meet Glenn Block. Glenn is a PM for the new Managed Extensibility Framework in .NET 4 we have spoke of a few aspect related to the MEF technology, also i cannot cover all the issues spoken in this post, i would like to note one of Glenn comment about classic MEF scenario that exceed the scope of the IoC world.   the scenario is speaking about having plug-ins that may have their own dependencies which your application doesn't aware of. this case is not...
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MEF lecture was added to the SDP

This post is informative rather technical as i use to. I'm attending the PDC as part of the SELA group. in the next 3 next days i will try to keep you inform.   first i glad to inform you that the SDP (SELA Developer Practice) will have new MEF session. as far as i know this is the first session that was composed for Israeli audience. you may choose to attend in the session from the following reasons   Learn the concept behind MEF, where does it fit and why...
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MEF Recomposition

2009/11/05

thinking about MEF as another IoC container led us into misconception. MEF design goal was being a generic extensibility infrastructure, its just happens that it overlap with the IoC world (and yes it has most of the IoC feature). this post address the challenge of building extensions over none CLR types (like image files) from the technical perspective it will discuss the following techniques: Building Export Providers Design recomposable extensions Creating DataSourceProvider (which will used for WPF...
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