June 25, 2004
@ 07:57 PM

Finally, finally, finally. It was a looong wait. As many others, we were in a wait loop for WSE 2.0 for a long time and that let us do what we do today only much, much later than we initially anticipated. So after being able to test on and adjust for the WSE 2.0 RTM bits for the last four weeks, we're now happy enough with our "1.0" that we're ready to share it:

Microsoft EMEA and newtelligence AG present: The FABRIQ. (http://workspaces.gotdotnet.com/fabriq)
(When you go there, make sure you get both the bits and the Hands-on Labs; you will need them).

Also, a few things to keep in mind before you go and get the bits:

  • This is a proof-of-concept project collaboratively created by Microsoft EMEA and newtelligence AG. We have tested intensively for quite a few sets of use-cases, but this is not a product. We are giving this to you because we think it's very useful architecturally and most implementation aspects isn't too bad either, and we do expect you to play with it. We don't give it to you to install this in a production environment tomorrow or even on the day after.
  • The support policy for FABRIQ is very simple: There is none. If you download this, you are absolutely and entirely on your own, legally speaking. We are keen to hear your feedback and are curious whether and for what you find this useful, but this is no product and therefore there's no support whatsoever. (If you find this so useful that you want customization, support, or need help to get this from near-production quality to production-quality, sales@newtelligence.com is a great place to write e-mail to)
  • This is "work in progress" and you are getting a version that is not considered finished. You will find artifacts in the code that are not (anymore or yet) used. You will find code branches that we not (anymore or yet) hit.  There are a few places, where we cut some corners in terms of implementation efficiency in order to get this out early. You will find that there is a bit of a disconnect between the specification documents that we have in the package vs. the documentation that you'll find and we could have done a better job cleaning it all up. We love this ourselves and will continue to polish it.
  • You need WSE 2.0 and the Enterprise Instrumentation Framework to play.
  • Contributions: We give you the code and you can use it and change it. For the first version and the next minor drops, we'll not have a public code repository that people can check things into immediately, because the beast turned out to be so complex that we need to stay in control for a little while. If we allowed "random" community contributions early, people who don't live inside in the codebase could too easily seemingly unrelated stuff. Therefore: If you want to change or add stuff, wrap up your changes along with a good reason why that's needed and send it here.
  • Discussions: Write what you like or hate or what you don't understand into the forums in the workspace or just blog about it and refer to this entry or relevant entries on my blog or Arvindra's blog once he's fully set up. We'll accept everybody into the workspace; just apply and you'll be granted access as soon as someone sees it.

Credit where credit is due: Very many thanks to the development team in Argentina, with Eugenio Pace, Adrian Nigro, Federico Winkel, and Juan Carlos Elichirigoity, who have worked very very hard turning my "written in two weeks in a hurry" prototype code into something that's actually useful.