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How to: Adding coordination to your GAT action execution

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At some point during GAT action execution, one might need some sort of conditional processing. 

For instance, depending on some choices made during the gathering wizard, some actions won’t be executed.

In the example I’ll be using, the user is prompted to fill in two messages.  Next to these, two checkboxes will indicate if the corresponding message will be displayed (not much of a show-stopper there…;-)).

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November 21, 2007 at 1:26 am

Registering your GAT package in the Experimental hive

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During the Web Service Factory Workshop last week we saw a new feature in the GAT / GAX July 2007 release…registering your GAT package in the Experimental hive.

To accomplish this you simply need to add the <RegistrationSettings> element to your guidance configuration file:

<GuidancePackage xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/pag/gax-core”
    Description=”Package to demonstrate the experimental hive installation”

That’s it.  Next time your perform a ‘Register Guidance Package’ action, the package will be registered into the hive.


  1. It think this even works with the Clarius SFT, which overrides the ‘Regular’ or ‘Regular & Hive’ options.
  2. For those of us debugging the GAT packages using the ‘Debug | Start external program’ feature (as explained by Tom Hollander here), simply add the ‘/rootSuffix Exp’ value in the ‘Start Options | Command line arguments’ box.

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November 20, 2007 at 9:14 pm

Web Service Factory Workshop – Loved it

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Apparently not a lot of people were up to date with the Web Service Factory Workshop which was held at Info Support last week (see Olaf’s post here).  Don and Olaf did a terrific job at explaining the ins and outs.  Which reminds me, we still need you buy you real (Belgian) beer = topic 11 😉

To our surprise we were sitting next to the cream-de-la-cream of the Dutch Software Factory community!

Another surprise was the openness of the different participants about there products, ideas, etc..one thing’s for sure, we need to do some catching up here (= Belgium).   

BTW…the Belgium user-group “Visug” is planning a redelivery of some the tech-ed sessions next Thursday, including the Web Service Factory : Modeling Edition…

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November 19, 2007 at 9:08 pm