Briefing: Logidex .NET Library
Logidex .NET Library
A couple issues ago I wrote about the free version of Logidex .NET
Library available through MSDN. As you'll recall, this is a Software
Development Asset (SDA) management tool running as an integrated Visual
.NET add-in. I just spent a few minutes getting a demonstration of their
full version, and now I'll pass on the news to you.
The free MSDN version is essentially a read-only subset of the full
product. With the free version, you can search for SDAs, but you can't
add to the database (LogicLibrary, though, is continuing to work with
MSDN to put more assets into the MSDN database; you'll see many more
links to content from the Patterns & Practices group in the coming days
and months). The full version lets you put your own SDAs into a library
so that other developers can search for them and reuse them in their own
One cool thing is that the capture process is well-integrated with
Visual Studio .NET. For example, suppose you've created a new .NET class
library that you want to add to the SDA library for your organization.
Right-click in Solution Explorer and select Capture Project to launch
the Asset Creation Wizard (assuming you have rights to add to the
library; there's role-based security in place). This works you through
the steps of documenting your asset and then lets you edit it in depth,
still within Visual Studio .NET. Logidex makes good use of the IDE,
letting you link assets by drag-and-drop, or add them to reference
models the same way.
There are other capture modes as well. If you want, you can even set up
a rule-driven system that looks at checkins to your source code control
system and automatically pushes them into a library for reuse (though
LogicLibrary recommends you have a group of people managing an approval
process rather than putting everything on autopilot). There's also a
browser-based interface for times when you don't have VS .NET loaded.
You can sign up for a trial of the full version through the links on the
MSDN page, or arrange a 10-user pilot program for somewhere in the
$30-50,000 range. Even if you're not ready to take this leap to using
Logidex with your own SDAs, it's worth keeping an eye on what they're
doing with MSDN. Think of this as a way to make knowledge of enterprise
patterns, practices, and reusable code available to every developer in
Mike Gunderloy has been developing software for a quarter-century now, and writing about it for nearly as long. He walked away from a .NET development career in 2006 and has been a happy Rails user ever since. Mike blogs at A Fresh Cup.