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Review Entries for Day Saturday, 07 April 2007
I understand from Tom Hollander's Blog that Microsoft's Pattern & Practices team have just released Enterprise Library 3.0.
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Saturday, 07 April 2007 12:56:42 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 31 October 2006
We've recently started porting our large .NET class libraries from .NET 1.1 to .NET 2.0, which has to date been a fairly smooth process. We've also been revising and enhancing classes as we go and I stumbled across a rather nasty catch during this process.
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Tuesday, 31 October 2006 17:52:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, 16 September 2006
I've recently noticed that the .NET Framework Version 3.0 (which is currently in the late beta stage) is unlikely to run on anything earlier than Windows XP SP2. The likely consequence of this is that some software developed over the next couple of years will not run on Windows 2000. This is probably early notice to business to move on from Windows 2000.
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Saturday, 16 September 2006 08:57:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Sunday, 18 June 2006

I note from Somasegar's blog that Microsoft are to rebrand their forthcoming WinFX technologies as .NET Framework 3.0. (S Somasegar is Microsoft's Corporate Vice-President of the Developer Division.)

This is essentially the existing .NET 2.0 Framework combined with the new WinFX technologies. The new technologies are Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) and Windows Card Space (WCS), together with some supporting new base class libraries.

It is apparent that this name change has not met with universal approval from the developer community.

However, it is equally clear that many people were finding it difficult to understand exactly how WinFX fitted in with Microsoft's overall strategy. In particular, a number of people seem to believe that WinFX was to replace the .NET Framework. In technical terms, WinFX has only ever been an extension of the existing .NET Framework 2.0.

I actually think that in some respects WinFX is a better name for the .NET Framework, since it is clear that the .NET Framework is destined to be the new way of programming Windows. WinFX is really the next step in the Win16 and Win32 series...

Ultimately, I'm happy with Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (WinFX).

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Sunday, 18 June 2006 12:01:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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