Service Factory: Modeling Edition for Visual Studio 2008 is Live!
After the broken IDE changes were made, and the GAT and GAX were released for Visual Studio 2008 RTM, the Software Factories support for Visual Studio 2008 starting to show up.
Today, the p&p team has released the Service Factory: Modeling Edition February 2008.
You can download:
Service Factory: Modeling Edition Binary Release
Service Factory: Modeling Edition Source Code Release (Visual Studio 2008)
Service Factory: Modeling Edition - A New CTP for Visual Studio 2008 The patterns & practices group has released a new CTP of the Service Factory: Modeling Edition that works with Visual Studio 2008. Note that this release is only a CTP, and the full release is scheduled for February 2008, around the time Visual Studio 2008 is officially launched. To get started with the Service Factory: Modeling Edition, you should download the Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.0 and the Guidance Automation Toolkit (July 2007 Community Technology Preview) and then, download and install...
Just Released: Service Factory Modeling Edition (v3) for Visual Studio 2005 As I've written in my post Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition Roadmap, the final release of Service Factory: Modeling Edition (v3) supports Visual Studio 2005 only. The Visual Studio 2008 release should be out around February, the same time that Visual Studio 2008 is launched. You can download the Service Factory Modeling Edition (v3) for Visual Studio 2005 release from codeplex. Watch the 15 minutes Walktrough This walkthrough provides a very brief introduction to people who either do not have a lot...
Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition Roadmap
Don Smith has published the September Drop of the new Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition (formerly known as Service Factory v3). This drop contains only a newer version of the Service Factory Documentation, and can be found here.
Along with this drop, Don has updated the roadmap page for this software factory. Here are the highlights from this page:
The final community release of the Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition is planned for October 30th, 2007.
This release contains the Service Contract Designer, Data Contract Designer and Host Designer.
The WSDL Import...
Service Factory v3 - New Community Drop on CodePlex
Build 117 alpha of Service Factory v3 is available for download from Community Page of Service Factory on CodePlex.
In order to get started with this new release, go through the documentation of this release. It contains instructions for setting up the factory for your development environment, and also contains an introductory walkthrough that helps you understand how to benefit from the factory.
The team is looking for your feedback, as the opportunity to make a difference before the final release is closing. If you have any feedback, please answer these questions,...
Data Access Guidance Package - The Repository Factory
The Web Service Software Factory contains a set of guidance related to the creation of data access components, which is a much larger problem space than just services. The patterns & practices team have decided to split this package out into its own project and name it: The Repository Factory.
The Data Access Guidance Package - The Repository Factory is not intended to be a be-all-does-everything ORM solution. Instead, it's a lightweight code generator that automates most of the hand-coding needed to build domain model object and persist them to a database.
I have been playing a lot lately with the Web Service Software Factory (Service Factory), specifically with the WCF guidance that ships with it, and in the last few weeks I have been providing feedback on the next version of Service Factory (currently called v3). The other day I got into the Service Factory Home Page on Codeplex and wanted to give more feedback. I noticed the following sentences by Don Smith regarding the releases for v3: It is very likely we will not be able to: Ship a single release that works on both VS...
As I have posted earlier, the first community drop of Web Service Software Factory v3 was announced this week, and the biggest thing in this release are the two new designers for Service Contracts and Data Contracts. To demonstrate the designers, Don Smith has recorded a short video (very recommended). Seeing this video, I couldn't stop thinking about the similarity between the Data Contract Designer and the Entity Data Model Designer that is part of ADO.Net Entity Framework (watch the EDM Designer in this video). In both designers you can add data entities, add properties and create relations,...
Since the Service Factory was released its first version, back in July 2006, a great deal of work has been done. The Service Factory v1 (July 2006) contained the guidance for building ASMX Web Services. The v2 (December 2006) was released after the release of .Net Framework 3.0 and added the guidance for building WCF Services. Today, Don Smith has announced posted the first community drop of Service Factory v3. Although no new distributed systems technology was released from January, the v3 brings some new and important improvements. The biggest thing is the addition of models. You now have...
The second version of the Service Factory (that helps build both ASP.NET and WCF services) has been released on msdn. The download is now available.
For those that don't know, the Web Service Software Factory (also known as the Service Factory) is an integrated collection of tools, patterns, source code and prescriptive guidance. It is designed to help you quickly and consistently construct Web services that adhere to well known architecture and design patterns.