Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT) Documentation

One of the hardest things to work on the Repository Factory is the lack of documentation about creating software factories using Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT). One of the Repository Factory users asked about the documentation available (see here). At the time we inherited this code from the p&p team, there was no documentation about it and we had to learn from the code. Since Repository Factory is just a GAT software factory like WCSF, WSSF, and SCSF, it should be easy to find information about GAT, right? Yeah right!?!?

The GAT web site does not have too much documentation, besides the general overview. The community web site GuidanceAutomation.net does not work anymore, returning Service Unavailable error. The only book that I know about creating software factories using GAT is the Practical Software Factories in .NET.

The best online documentation I found about GAT is from Jelle Druyts , who created a series of articles about GAT based on the June 2006 CTP: I am just wondering who else is using the GAT, and if Microsoft will still release any new version of it.

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