OK, I know the sun has already set on February in some parts of the world, but over here it's still well and truly the 28th so I have no regrets in announcing the availability of the February 2007 CTP of Enterprise Library 3.0. (If only I could say the same thing about the February 2007 CTP of GAT/GAX :-S). This is the last CTP before the official release of Enterprise Library 3.0, which is expected around a month from now.
As mentioned in a previous post, the most exciting change in this CTP is the first preview of the Policy Injection Application Block. While the core of this new block is relatively complete and stable, I want to warn you now that the block is still far from complete and it will take a bit of patience to make sense of it at the moment. Most significantly, there is no configuration tool support yet, and several of the handlers are missing or incomplete. Still, we'd love to get your feedback on what we've done so far, and we'll be writing up a number of blog posts over the next couple of weeks to make it easier to get the preview block up and running.
The good news is that we've hit "release candidate" quality for all of the other blocks in the library. This means we are feature complete and are not aware of any significant bugs. We do have some more testing planned and time to fix any newly discovered issues, so if you find any issues with any of the blocks or QuickStarts, please report them using the Issue Tracker tool. This CTP also includes integrated documentation, which is near complete but there are a few areas where we still have a bit of work to do.
Other than the PIAB, there are not a lot of brand new features in the February 2007 CTP that were not in the January 2007 CTP - mostly we've been fixing bugs and dealing with "fit and finish". Still we did sneak a few more things in, including:
- Environmental Overrides in the configuration tool
- Manageability Extensions merged into the core codebase
- Rationalization of the Validators included in the Validation Application Block
- WCF integration adapter for the Validation Application Block
- Improved Validation QuickStarts
- Fixes to the Rolling Flat File Trace Listener
We hope you're as excited about the imminent final release as we are, and we look forward to hearing your feedback on the CTP as we head towards the finishing line.