Improvement

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  1. Create web service projects within SharePoint context

    Create web service project within SharePoint context so web services can be automatically deployed to a SharePoint web application.

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    • Add an InfoPath Forms Service project type

      I want to deploy my InfoPath forms with the Factory.

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      • Add a product dependency for Microsoft CRM 4

        Support for the deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 customizations and custom components.

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        • Move templates out of product into tools folder?

          Templates are very usefull, but get in the way of the actual product.

          I would like to see templates included in (or besides) the tools folder, so they don't "interfere" in the actual product.

          This also prevents deploying templates along with the actual product.

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          • Guidance and support for Service (Contract) versioning

            MSF is used in scenarios where webservices are used. There is (to my knowledge) no guidance or support related to having multiple versions of service or message contracts.

            This is something that needs to be done correctly from version 0.1 up, to prevent introducing problems later on, when introducing new contracts.

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              1 comment  ·  Admin →

              This architectural guidance is independant of the current Factory IDE implementation. It should be provided by someone who actually has solved this problem in a real project.

              Starting point is http://www.codeplex.com/AppArchGuide, which says:
              “Consider versioning of contracts. A new version for service contracts mean new operations exposed by the service, whereas for data contracts it means the addition of new schema type definitions.”

              “Do not use object inheritance to implement versioning for the service interface.”

              ADO .NET Data Services Framework – Includes a lightweight versioning scheme to simplify the release of new service interfaces.”

              A second extensive resource on service versioning is in the documentation of the Web Service Software Factory: see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc304741.aspx

              Has anyone actually done service versioning? How?

            • Update _SharedAssemblies folder after product update

              The _SharedAssemblies folders shipped in the MSF contain by default the serverproduct assemblies for the productdependencies Moss2007, Wss and Biztalk. But these assemblies are not up-to-date anymore and need to be updated every time you start an new product or when you install a update/servicepack. I would like a functionality that can collect all serverproduct assemblies from their installationfolder(s) and copy them to the proper _SharedAssemblies folder.

              Also it must be able to use this functionality separeted from the factory guide!
              There are still situations that a customer runs on a older version of the serverproduct and with a seperated…

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              • Upgrade SharePoint solution packages

                Make use of the stsadm -upgradesolution command when upgrading a SharePoint wsp.

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                • Improve CDI database projects

                  This is a placeholder idea to collect CDI improvements.

                  1) Add database name override for CDI projects. E.g. to support customer database naming conventions, or environment-specific database names.

                  UPDATE: allow to specify custom database name suffix in machine config, so the first part of the name will still comply to MAST conventions and script logic based on database names will remain valid.

                  2) Remove MSBuild from the deploy logic, it has fundamental limitations that block defect fixes and enhancements.
                  Just use powershell directly against MSBuild tasts library of class library.

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                  • 4 votes
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                    • Make the Macaw-source-code-repository searchable

                      So instead of reimplementing functionality, reuse already implemented code

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                        1 comment  ·  Admin →

                        It is certainly very doable to make source code searchable, both in SVN and TFS.

                        Code reuse from one project to another has been a very elusive goal over the years. Code reuse has worked best in tools, but much more limited in solution components.

                        But now most projects use the MAST standard in the factory, this may become more attainable due to the standardized code structure and explicit separation of product dependencies.

                        E.g. the Information Worker Solution Center actively maintains a library of reusable solution components. They leverage the Factory to integrate and deploy these components into their solutions.

                        Anyone care to comment on whether Macaw code search would add to Google? Is code-reuse more attainable now?

                      • Integrate Object 2 Object Mapper Tool

                        This tool generates mapping code between types in two assemblies. Integrate the tool in the Factory IDE and add a Factory Guide action that generates mapping code between Business.Entities and Business.ServiceInterfaces.Entities.

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                          started  ·  1 comment  ·  Admin →
                        • Use ILMerge when building a Winforms or ConsoleUI application to create a single executable

                          At the moment releasing a consoleUI or a winforms application means deploying a whole bunch of assemblies.

                          Using ILMerge to create a single application file with all the specific versioned assemblies makes managing the application easier.

                          Note that we need to change the name of the config file accordingly.

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                          • 1 vote
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                            • Organize a procedure to have code be reviewed

                              Organize a procedure to have code be reviewed upon requested by the project-manager and or the developer.

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                                I think this would fit very well with the Factory Champion role in each solution center. What do you think should be the focus of such reviews? E.g. security, maintainability, standards compliance, …

                              • Logon with Macaw accounts on Factory Virtual Machines

                                By default, users should be able to logon with their Macaw account on the virtual machines created by the Factory Machine Installer and then be a local admin.

                                This will allow seamless integration between the factory platform components (TFS, Wiki, Services) with a much better user experience.

                                This feature should be optional (opt-out); the machines should be excempted from the regular Macaw domain policies.

                                E.g. a safe way to do this could be to create a new domain and have a one-way trust to the Macaw domain.

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                                • Better UI for Factory Machine Installer

                                  Wanted:
                                  - VM create machine screen: validate machine name to macaw standards.
                                  - Better readability (display fields are too short)
                                  - Application menu: enforce and indicate inclusions and exclusions
                                  - Make the whole machine creation process, a single click operation

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                                  • Add Sharepoint 2010 support

                                    We will do this as part of a planned big SP 2010 Intranet project. It will also require supporting development on 64 bit OS es since SP 2010 will be 64 bits only.

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                                    • Support custom database create scripts

                                      In CDI projects the database create statement is generated for you on the fly when needed, but sometimes you want to specify additional elements in the database create statement. These elements may also be environment specific.

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                                        • Add support for MS ESB Guidance

                                          The Factory is already designed to support SOA solutions - each logical service is a MAST product, independantly versioned and deployed. ESB Guidance would add explicit SOA support for the shared SOA infrastructue itself.

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