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When I give an overview of the Enterprise Library, I often refer to an ecosystem of the core application blocks built by the Microsoft patterns & practices team, components tailored by the customers for their own needs as well as those produced and shared by the community. Extensibility has been one of core architectural design principles and pretty much everything in EntLib has an extension point (see my earlier post on the topic of extensibility and a set of Hands-on Labs we’ve produced to teach you how to write extensions). The EntLib Contrib project is used for sharing community-developed extensions - from additional providers for the existing blocks to the entirely new application blocks.. The project is managed entirely by the community.
A couple of days ago, the EntLibContrib project facilitators notified me of reaching an important milestone – porting a big chunk of the EntLibContrib codebase to be compatible with EntLib v5. They released the binaries via NuGet (search for ‘entlibcontrib’ or ‘entlib'). Here’s what this October 2011 release includes:
The following packages are planned to be subsequently released in November:
Congratulations to the EntLibContrib community on this release! It’s great to see such work coming from community enthusiasts. If you get to use these extensions and benefit from them, make sure to send your kudos to the contributors. And if you build your own extensions and feel that other EntLib users may benefit from them, consider sharing them via EntLibContrib as well.
Good work - thanks. The Source Code edition should nevertheless continue to be distributed through Codeplex.
Regards from Germany
Thanks for the support. It's much appreciated.
And yes, a zip file with the latest version of the code should be released soon.
Where is structuremap??? It's better than all 3 of those IOC containers.
Thanks for the work, much appreciated
Regards from Sicily
Oliver: binaries and source code are now available as zip files @ entlibcontrib.codeplex.com/.../69407 .
Chris: feel free to create a backlog item in the Issue Tracker so people can vote for it (see entlibcontrib.codeplex.com/.../basic)!
Happy coding! And thanks for the support!!
What happened to Caching block ?
Nothing happened to it - it is still in EntLib5.0. There simply no extensions built by the community.