Karl Shifflett released the final release of Prism 4 to MSDN on November 12. Simultaneously, Karl also published the first installment of a series of multimedia training that is consumed within Visual Studio 2010 called, In the Box.
Evolve is a lightweight tool for creating, wiring up and executing Java components. Developers can use Evolve to graphically describe JavaBeans and also optionally generate Java code for setters and getters. InfoQ spoke with Andrew McVeigh about the tool.
Microsoft’s ASP.NET team has taken the Agile philosophy of Deploy Early, Deploy Often to heart. Close on the heels of ASP.NET MVC 2, version 3 beta has already been approved for production use. With a whole host of promising new features including the Razor syntax, this will be a hard release to ignore.
J.D. Meier, a Principal Program Manager for the patterns & practices group at Microsoft, has listed a number of ASP.NET application patterns for Windows Azure, showing how the components work in the cloud. He also gave an example of mapping a standard web application to the cloud.
Serena Yeoh, a Microsoft consultant and a contributor to Microsoft pattern&practices Application Architecture Guide, has created a Layered Architecture Sample for .NET 4.0 which was later ported to Azure, showcasing various .NET technologies (WPF, WCF, WF, ASP.NET, ADO.NET EF) used in an architecture based on the Layered Architecture design pattern.
Microsoft pattern&practices has released Enterprise Library 5.0, a set of application blocks that can be used as building blocks for enterprise applications, representing Microsoft’s guidance on how to write good applications. The library contains a number of improvements, includes Unity 2.0, and supports .NET 4.0.
Sonatype, the professional services company that sponsors the development of many key Maven committers, has announced that they will build Maven 3 atop the Guice Dependency Injection (DI) container instead of the Plexus DI container employed for Maven 1 and 2. Backwards compatability will be ensured using a shim to support Plexus.
Dependency Injection has become a much more accepted and accessible approach in recent years, driven by many factors including increased popularity in SOA, TDD, and many other factors. With this has come increased usage of Dependency Injection frameworks. Bob Martin advises, with examples, applying a decoupling approach between your application code and your Dependency Injection framework.
Dependency Injection is one of the main features of recently released Java EE 6 version. JSR 330 (Dependency Injection for Java) provides a standardized and extensible API for dependency injection. And JSR 299 (Contexts and Dependency Injection for the Java EE Platform 1.0), which builds on JSR 330, unifies and simplifies the EJB and JSF programming models.
Any SOA implementation relies heavily on the enterprise data used by services. In a series of new posts, Ash Parikh, Informatica’s Real time products strategist, discusses the role data orientation plays in SOA and provides some practical recommendations on how to implement it.
Sitebricks is a new web application development framework from Google that is built on top of Google Guice, and focuses on early error detection, low-footprint code, and fast development. InfoQ had a Q&A with the creator and Google Wave Core Engineer Dhanji Prasanna.
Earlier this year, Google and SpringSource announced that they were co-operating on a standard set of annotations to be used for dependency injection which were proposed via JSR-330. These annotations didn't line up with those proposed for JSR-299, which generated controversy that has now been resolved, with JSR-299 adopting the JSR-330 annotations and both moving forward to be part of Java EE 6.
A new Tech Ed presentation by Simon Guest defines a set of patterns for moving applications to the cloud and discusses implementation of these patterns using Windows Azure
Erik Meijer and Wes Dyer have created the .NET Reactive Framework (Rx), the mathematical dual of LINQ to Objects, allowing programmers to use LINQ over events. Erik and Brian Beckman demonstrate that IObservable is a continuation monad.
Purpose and intent are just as important as skill in effective software development. Skill allows you to deliver value in difficult technical circumstances. Clear purpose and positive intent allow you to deliver value in difficult social and business circumstances. Kent Beck shares his design technique which involves both intent and a small set of strategies he uses when designing.