Part 1 of a series of screencasts looking at the new Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) in the Silverlight 4 beta.
MEF is a framework that simplifies the design of extensible applications and components. It can flexibly and dynamically discover a set of loosely coupled components and analyse their dependencies in order to compose them together at run time.
In this screencast, we talk briefly around the idea of components having imports and exports and then we drop into Visual Studio 2010 and do a quick, "magic" demo of how MEF can plug together a couple of components for us. In later videos, we'll
attempt to dig deeper into what MEF is doing and how we can take more control of it.
Tips for viewing:
- Each video in this series has a 3.5 minute standard introductory "header" on it so once you have seen that header you may like to skip it on subsequent videos
- For the time pressured - I find that I speak so slowly that you can speed me up to approximately 1.5-2.0 times normal speed and still listen comfortably.
I'm working to get together a Live Meeting in early 2010 with people from the MEF team in order that people can chat more about MEF in Silverlight. Stay tuned.
The next screencast in this series is here.