Sander’s talk at TechEd US 2010. How frameworks can kill your projects and patterns to prevent getting killed

Last week, the Microsoft TechEd North America 2010 took place in the great city of New Orleans. I was lucky to be invited to do a talk on how frameworks can kill your projects.

When it comes to Microsoft .NET-connected development, more and more frameworks enter the market. Both from Microsoft and from open source. Think of ASP.NET MVC, Castle, Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Entity Framework, Unity, Linq2SQL, ADO.NET Data Services, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), nHibernate, Spring.NET, CSLA, NUnit, Enterprise Library or ADF.

Trouble begins

Once a project chooses to apply one or more frameworks, trouble begins. What if you require features that aren’t implemented in the framework? What if you decide that another framework would have been better and want to switch halfway through your project? What if the author of your favorite open source framework suddenly stops developing? What if the framework contains bugs or omissions? And, what if a new version of the framework is released that is implemented differently? These and many more everyday problems will cause your project to come to a halt, or at least make you perform serious refactoring.

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Demos and (bad) code

During this highly interactive talk, Sander Hoogendoorn, chief architect of Capgemini’s agile Accelerated Delivery Platform, and member of Microsoft’s Partner Advisory Council .NET, demonstrates pragmatic architectures and patterns that will help your projects to stay away from framework issues, and how to keep code independent of framework choices. Sander presents models of layered architectures, and applying bridge patterns, managers-providers, dependency injection, descriptors, and layer super-types.

Of course, Sander illustrates these insightful patterns with lots of demos and (bad) code examples using blocks from Microsoft’s Enterprise Library, NHibernate, Log4Net, and the Entity Framework. Learn how to improve the structure and quality of your software architecture and code, and how to avoid the pitfalls of applying frameworks to .NET software development.

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