There are quite a few things going on in the world of p&p at the moment, so I thought it would be best to tell you about a bunch of these in one post.
The latest on the Enterprise Library June 2005 release
Don't give up hope of us getting the promised June 2005 release of Enterprise Library out the door in time to keep the name accurate - although it will be very, very close. We are performing final testing on the installer now and it should be out any day now. Of course, I'll be posting as soon as this happens.
p&p Community launched
Last week we quietly launched a beta of the new patterns & practices Community site, a new section on GotDotNet dedicated to patterns & practices projects. The new site is based on the GotDotNet workspaces but features a number of impovements, including support for multiple message boards (with RSS!) and the long-awaited search function. The site also features custom links that make it easier to jump to key pages and sites (FAQs, samples, downloads etc) but due to some glitches with this feature we had to temporarily take down the links (remember this is a beta!). Hopefully we'll get this part working in the near future, and we appreciate your patience in the meantime. If you have any other problems, suggestions or praise for the new community site, please let us know.
WS-I Basic Security Profile Sample Application Preview
One of the most requested deliverables we have heard since Enterprise Library has been released, is an end-to-end sample that shows the blocks in action. The great news is that we now have this, in the form of the WS-I Basic Security Profile Sample Application. In addition to showing the use of the Enterprise Library blocks, the sample app also demonstrates how to build secure and interoperable web services based on the WS-I group's basic and security profiles. The current release of the sample application uses .NET 1.1 and WSE 2.0; an early preview for .NET 2.0 and WSE 3.0 is due for release this week at the WS-I Sample App Community Site.
Free training for Composite UI Application Block
One of the more interesting projects that p&p is currently working on is the Composite UI Application Block. This is an app block that provides guidance on building complex Smart Client UIs built from a number of smaller "smart parts". You can download a preview of the CAB code from the community already, but if you really want to get up to speed quickly (and if you are able to make your way to the Redmond area), you will want to consider participating in the free 2 day training course on July 25-26. Check out Eugenio's post for more information and to sign up.