I have released the second RC version of the wizard UI framework on CodePlex a few days earlier than planned. Check it out here.
It seems like the blogsphere is getting very busy of late with PC vs Mac (or Mac vs PC, whatever your pleasure) arguments, adverts and mud-slinging. It reminds me of the following video which I originally got via email about three or four years ago.
As my wife and I were traveling through New Zealand last year, we were fortunate enough to met a great Swedish couple (Anna-Lisa and Mats) who we were able to travel with for a few days. On the 29th of March, Mats is going to start a Svalbard Skiing Expedition with a group of other geoscience students from around the world.
MSDN has a set of articles regarding WCF versioning that are good to cast your eyes over.
I have been working on a winforms wizard framework for a while when I get the chance. My aim with this project is to be able to create a reusable framework for wizard style dialogs and pages for the 2.0 .Net framework.
The first RC version of my WizardUI has been released on CodePlex. I would appreciate any comments. You can find the release here.
I am really enjoying using WCF and WF in my development. While playing with the new toys can be frustrating at times, it is a whole lot of fun. There are a few gotchas though. The one I want to highlight here is the “Find All References” support in the IDE. Here is a scenario that can bite you.
Let’s say that I am using PolicyActivities to do pre and post condition validation. I may also be using them to change data in the workflow based on rules. For example, I might need to do some business to data object mapping. To neatly achieve this conversion while avoiding a CodeActivity, I can have a rule in the PolicyActivity that calls a static method on a converter class. Now that my solution is created, I want to clean up the code to make sure I don’t have redundant methods.
In order to check if a method is being used, I would normally have used the find all references feature to see if the method is being used anywhere, but here’s the kicker. This feature (from what I can guess) only looks at code that will be compiled down to IL. This will not work when the method exists in a rules file because the rules file is simply compiled as an embedded resource.
When you have WF projects included in your solution, run a text search for the method, searching all files in the solution (not just *.cs files). Oh, and always re-run your tests after you can any code.
I have been looking at WF runtime services, specifically the ManualWorkflowSchedulerService for running workflows synchronously. In my research travels this morning, I came across this article on the odetocode site. At a quick read, it seems like Scott Allen has put together a fantastic article with just the right about of information, code and detail.
Given my impending fatherhood, there have to be changes and sacrifices. I have been instructing beginners and intermediates at Taekwondo for about a year and a half. Tonight was the last night for me as an instructor so I have to give up the cool “go faster” intermediate instructor’s red dobok. Pity, I liked that one.