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  • 2 comments  /  posted by  Zoltan Arvai  on  Jun 21, 2010 (6 days ago)

    To MEF or not to MEF?

    Did you ever wanted to build a modular application? You know when you program against interfaces rather than actual implementation, and the implementation is likely to change anytime? The implementation resides in building blocks and you can just replace these building blocks whenever you want. Or maybe you wanted to build an extensible application that can work nicely with plug-ins. I could go on and on with examples but in general, we can say that we have an application and a couple of modules, extensions, building blocks, whatever, and we just want to ”plug” them into our application, without writing any more plumbing code or applying any modification.

  • 5 comments  /  posted by  Andrej Tozon  on  Jan 11, 2010 (5 months ago)

    The first part of the article was about getting familiar with MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework) – to get to know the basics, define its core principles and apply those to an existing Gallery application to make it configurable through themes. This part will dig deeper into the framework.

    MEF as an IoC Container?

    MEF is not a replacement for an IoC container - they both address different scenarios and can be used in the same application. However, MEF sure can be used for dependency injection without having to resort to a proper IoC container.

  • 8 comments  /  posted by  Andrej Tozon  on  Jan 06, 2010 (5 months ago)
    One of my early experiments with Bing Maps Silverlight Control eventually turned into a Halloween Live Gallery. This photo viewer application is based on the CircularPanel3D control from Expression Blend’s Wall3D sample that shipped with the product. It pulls geotagged Halloween photos from Flickr service and displays them in a 3D photo wall that can be rotated, zoomed in, etc. A detailed view of the photo includes a zoomable Bing Maps control, pinpointing the location of where that photo was shot.

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