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No more CTP for GAT

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Something I missed from reading Grigori’s blog post on the GAT/GAX release for VS2008

 “…Guidance Automation Toolkit has the following improvements to the earlier release, the July 2007 Community Technology Preview

 It’s gone to final release….so NO MORE excuses, i’m installing it on my system at work 🙂

– Great work –

Written by Michael

February 25, 2008 at 10:08 pm

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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Written by Michael

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”
    Name=”ExperimentalPackage”
    Caption=”ExperimentalPackage”
    Description=”Package to demonstrate the experimental hive installation”
    BindingRecipe=”BindingRecipe”
    Guid=”88795b6a-6624-448a-8f07-5fea64548753″
    SchemaVersion=”1.0″>
<HostData>
    <RegistrationSettings>/Hive=8.0Exp</RegistrationSettings>
</HostData>

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

Notice: 

  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.

Written by Michael

November 20, 2007 at 9:14 pm

GAT / GAX Resources page released

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I’ve just added the GAT /GAX Resource page. I’ll try to update this page during some time this week….

Written by Michael

October 21, 2007 at 3:59 pm

New GAX/GAT July 2007 Released

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More info here

Written by Michael

August 3, 2007 at 8:15 am

Tree Grid Control on Codeplex

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A while back I stumbled on the VisualTreeControl (found in Microsoft.VisualStudio.VirtualTreeGrid.dll), which looks great (pimp your DSL).

I tried to using it, but gave up quicky reading after reading some more about it in a blog entry by E. Bakker

Today I stumbled (again) on this control through the Tree Grid Control project on codeplex, which wraps the former control. 

Written by Michael

July 22, 2007 at 10:22 pm

Update: GAT/GAX…here to stay :-)

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Well, it’s official…GAX 1.3 is coming for Orcas.  Read more here on the blog of Grigori Melnik.

Written by Michael

July 17, 2007 at 9:24 pm