WCSF - newbie - best path for new project

Topics: Web Client Software Factory
Mar 20, 2008 at 8:42 PM
By monday I have to have a working framework for our next project. My experience with trying to get guidance packages working with SCSF and VS2008 have not been successful (not even with the newer Feb GAT/GAX releases) so I've stayed on the VS2005 platform (with great success), until such time that VS2008 is supported. I wasn't real surprised when after installing WCSF, GAT, and GAX that the VS2008 "new project" option didn't reveal guidance packages.

I've sold WCSF, we start coding on Monday and have a short suspence for deliverables so I would appreciate any help to ensure we can get WCSF installed and operational as quick as possible. I don't mind rolling up my sleeves and doing some head-banging so you don't have to be real specific just point me in a direction that works and perhaps lead me away from the blind-alleys :)
Mar 21, 2008 at 5:52 AM
Do you want WCSF to run on VS2005 or VS2008?
  • For VS2005, you will need to use the October release.
  • For VS2008, use the February Release.

If you have issues with GAT/GAX Feb2008 installation on VS2008 (for example if you installed the previous GAX version on VS2008 RTM), check out their forum Visual Studio Guidance Automation Toolkit

For installation help, look at Installing the Web Client Software Factory - February 2008
For more Getting Started type help, see Getting Started. I would start with the "Creating your Hello World Application".

As always, if you have challenges, let us know by posting to the dicsussion boards here. The team watches the boards, as well as some very dedicated folks on our sustaining engineering team.

Good luck,
Michael Puleio - patterns & practices
Mar 21, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Thank you for the prompt response Michael!

Your prompt response reaffirmed that Visual Studio 2008, GAT/GAX and WCSF do in fact work together; I only questioned this because in the SCSF world I, as well as others, havnt' been so fortunate as to be able to get SCSF running under VS2008 (literally spent 7/8 hours trying...) but it works great with VS2005 so I've been content and will wait patiently for the team to get a VS2008 / SCSF version out.

I'm real excited about being able to work under VS2008 (been chomping at the bit to use Linq) so I uninstalled the older versions of GAT/GAX and then reinstalled all components and was pleasantly surprised to see the long awaited "Guidance Package" option!

Thanks for the suggested starting points - time to dig into the docs...

Mar 21, 2008 at 3:43 PM
I'm glad I could help. I understand wanting to use Linq, as I have a side project where yesterday I was able to start playing with and using Linq very successfully to do some very ugly data manipulations. It was a lot simpler than I expected.

I know this is the wrong board for this, but since it did come up as a pain point above...
We are working on a VS2008/.NET3.5 version of CAB and SCSF. Check the boards over on the SCSF forum for more info.

Michael Puleio - patterns & practices