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February 2006 Entries

There seams to be some confusion around WorkItem's State. I've seen few posts on CAB message boards with questions if it's OK to put certain data into it. I will try to add my two cents to it but note that this is my point of view and it might be wrong. Let's think for a minute what kinds of data we can have in our applications. First that comes to mind is the data that is presented to the end-user and this of course must be stored in the View (SmartPart) for the time it's displayed. This data can ......

Last week Infragistics published NetAdvantage 2006 Volume 1 and it's CLR 2.0 version comes with CAB Extensibility Kit. This project contains implementations of CAB Workspaces and UIElementManagers for various Infragistics controls (Docking, Explorer Bar, Task Pane, Toolbars, MDI Tab and Tab controls). So if you already use this suite and would like to start working with CAB this would bootstrap your development. On the other hand, if you use controls from other vendors you can still download the ......

The source code for SmartPetShop, my sample project for Composite UI Application Block, is now available for download. If you want to run it, first I recommend to download and install the original PetShop.NET 3.2 from Microsoft , as it will setup properly the database and register COM+ services. After that you should update the connection strings in Win application's app.config with encrypted settings taken from original Web PetShop's web.config. Simply find settings like and copy them to app.config. ......

Next week I will be on vacations, so don't get angry when I don't respond promptly.

And if you REALLY need to you can find me here.


Microsoft unveiled the CTP for VSTA (Visual Studio Tools for Applications) on Friday. VSTA is a .NET-based application customization technology designed to be embedded into applications to enable developers to create custom experiences on top of those applications (thing VBA on steroids). Until now, application customization in .NET could be realized using VSA (Visual Studio for Applications) enabling access to JScript and VBScript scripting interfaces for any application. But, in case you didn't ......

It's been over a week since my last post on Composite UI App Block, but don't start thinking I have given up on it already. I still want to finish the PetShop sample and at the same time to cover all important parts of CAB on this blog. Last time I have covered some basics on using Commands and UI Elements and demonstrated how I implemented commands in my sample application. But as I said before, out of the box CAB only has UIElementAdapters for ToolStrips and MenuStrips. Just to get started I put ......

Another of my teammates, Michal Brzozowski also started to blog this week...

... and he has already big plans for series of articles on DataObjects.NET, the ORM mapper that we use. If you are interested send him a note to make him speak out loud all he knows.


I've finally convinced Marcin Celej, my brother in law and fellow dev, to start blogging. He has many interesting things to say about ORMs, Workflows and developing Business Logic in general. He is also huge fan of TDD and Agile methods. So if you share these interest send him a note and please give him warm welcome here.