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Jamie Kurtz Promoting architectural simplicty January 2010 Entries
Associating a WF4 activity designer to a custom activity using MetadataStore
In VS2010 Beta 2 you can associate your own activity designer with a custom activity in one of two ways: Using System.ComponentModel.Desig... on the custom activity Implementing System.Activities.Presentat... using the Register() method to set up the association at run-time It should be obvious that option (1) couples your custom activity directly to a specific designer. While not ideal, in many cases this is sufficient. But, there are some scenarios that require ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:27 AM

Composite Application Library (“PRISM”) and loading modules from multiple directories
I’m working on a project where we are using the Composite Application Library from Microsoft’s patterns & practices team. You can read the official documentation on that site and on MSDN for all the details, but basically the CAL allows you to build applications using totally decoupled modular components – or “modules” in CAL vernacular. These modules are discovered at runtime and are registered in the CAL container, which then handles each modules’ loading, showing, unloading, etc. (I’m greatly ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:25 AM

The cost of multi-tasking
For quite a while now I’ve been wondering if our culture of text messages, emails, messenger/chat conversations, short YouTube clips, rapid-fire news channels, PodCasts, blog posts, Twitter, and Facebook updates is somehow hurting my ability to focus on and develop deeper concepts. By that I mean really dig in, learn, and add value to some larger-then-me idea. As I write these few sentences, emails are streaming in, the phone is ringing, and no doubt my friends and family are Tweeting and writing ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:24 AM

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