Get Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 RC Now!

Technology 31 May 2012 0 comment

Great news!  We have just released the long awaited Release Preview of Windows 8 and the highly anticipated release candidate of Visual Studio 2012 (formerly Visual Studio 11)!  These are MAJOR milestones for Microsoft and is setting the stage for a complete re-imagination of Windows and providing a solid development foundation upon which to build next generation applications for a whole new family of devices to include the latest Windows Phone platform as well as a soon-to-be-launched onslaught of fantastic Windows 8-slate and tablet devices.

No other company on the planet has made the types of investments Microsoft has made in its client technologies, development and management tools, and cloud-based services.  We’re betting a lot on the upcoming releases and I for one am extremely excited and optimistic.

Take some time and download the release preview of Windows 8 today and if you’re a developer, download Visual Studio 2012 and begin building some great apps!


Service Factory Modeling Edition for Visual Studio 2008 Released

Technology 28 Feb 2008 0 comment

Patterns & Practices

Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition

Software Factory

For Visual Studio 2008

This deliverable is available on MSDN at:

About the Deliverable

The Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition (also known as the Service Factory) is an integrated collection of resources designed to help our customers quickly and consistently build WCF and ASMX Web services that adhere to well-known architecture and design patterns. These resources consist of models with code generation in the form of tools integrated with Visual Studio and patterns and architecture topics in the form of written guidance.

The Service Factory contains automation and guidance integrated into Visual Studio 2008 for building Web services. The core of the automation components is a Web services domain model. This domain model contains elements such as service contracts, operations, messages, and data contracts. This domain model manifests itself in the form of three integrated domain-specific languages (DSLs) that are used to model services: Service Contract Model, Data Contract Model, and the Host Model. The Service Contract Model is illustrated in the following screenshot.

Service Contract Model

To learn more about the Service Factory, please visit its official home on MSDN at

Community (

The community site contains hands-on labs for both using and extending the Service Factory, discussions with customers and field, known issues, and roadmap information. In the near future the site will include presentations, demonstration videos, and community contributions.

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