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  • Blog Post: Unity 3.5 RTW: Now with more Peace, Love, and Rock 'n' Roll

    I’m extremely proud to announce the latest release of the Unity DI container. We have updated it to simplify cross-platform development of apps and services. While this 3.5 release is filled with too many improvements to talk about, I’d like to highlight these two: Truly portable class...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying cross-platform development - Unity 3.5 Portable Class Library Preview

    We are updating Unity DI container to simplify cross-platform development of apps and services. The preview includes the following: Transform the individual platform targeted Unity into a PCL, including support for: Windows Store Apps 8.0 and 8.1 Windows Phone Silverlight 8.0 and 8.1 ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Enterprise Library - Open Development Model

    Microsoft Enterprise Library has a long and prominent history. Over the years, it has evolved into a mature collection of application blocks, each focused on addressing specific cross-cutting concern. New blocks have been introduced, while others become deprecated with the evolution of the .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: Learn Enterprise Library 6 and Unity 3 with newly released hands-on labs

    Download full set of Hands-on Labs for Enterprise Library 6   Download Unity 3 Hands-on Labs only   This release complements the recent releases of Enterprise Library 6 and Unity 3 . The comprehensive labs were created by developers for developers. They will be useful both to those who are...
  • Blog Post: Unity DI Container now supports Windows Phone

    Upon numerous requests from Unity users, we have ported Unity DI Container to Windows Phone 8. The Unity NuGet package has been updated as follows: The .NET version of Unity remains intact. The NetCore version (for Windows Store apps) was recompiled, because there was a small change needed to have code...
  • Blog Post: New Guide: Dependency Injection with Unity

    About 20 years ago, Grady Booch, a world renowned software development visionary, stated in his essay Coming of Age in an Object-Oriented World that “our ability to imagine complex applications will always exceed our ability to create them” . Reflecting on this prediction today, we can see...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Enterprise Library 6 - Wave 2 Release

    Last month we shipped the new versions of Microsoft Enterprise Library and Unity. They've been very well received. Today we are pleased to add the following guidance assets to enhance the set of reusable components: Reference Implementation (RI) – an end-to-end sample application that showcases...
  • Blog Post: Just released - Microsoft Enterprise Library 6

    Five months ago we formulated our vision for the new version of Enterprise Library. Now we are delivering on it. I’m excited to announce the latest release of Microsoft Enterprise Library : version 6 . What is Enterprise Library? Enterprise Library is made up of application blocks, each aimed...
  • Blog Post: Unity Configuration - Registration by Convention

    To make container setup easier and less verbose, we are adding a new feature in Unity 3.0 – registration by convention . What is the Registration by Convention feature? This feature (also referred to as auto-registration) is intended to simplify your type registrations. Rather than specify...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 6.0 - Vision/Scope

    TL;DR version This post is an overview of the direction the patterns & practices team is taking with the next version of Microsoft Enterprise Library. Feel free to scroll down for the specific product backlog themes or just visit our Uservoice site . Exploration and preparation After a couple of...
  • Blog Post: Unity 3.0 Preview for .NET Framework 4.5 and WinRT

    UPDATE 8/13/2012 The Codeplex site has been updated with self-extractables. See http://unity.codeplex.com/releases/view/92699 Last year, we shipped a Preview of the Unity 3.0 port to .NET4.5 Developer Preview. Now, after the final versions of both profiles of the .NET Framework 4.5 have RTM’ed...
  • Blog Post: Unity 2.1 - August 2012 update

    Today we’ve shipped via NuGet an optional update to Unity (2.1.505.2) which includes the following fixes: 1. Addressing a thread safety issue: http://unity.codeplex.com/discussions/328841 2. Improving debugging experience on System.Threading.SynchronizationLockException: https://entlib.uservoice...
  • Blog Post: Unity 3.0 Preview for .NET 4.5

    Unity has become a popular DI container with a solid base of users (last time I checked, there were 300K+ cumulative downloads of the Unity container through all channels – MSDN, Codeplex, and NuGet). Unity runs in the heart of Microsoft Exchange and Bing and many other systems. For all of you Unity...
  • Blog Post: Interception in Silverlight demo

    Interception has been released as a Unity container extension since v1.2 (October 2008). However, it was not available on Silverlight . Until now. In this Channel9 screencast , we discuss interception as a code modularization technique for dealing with cross-cutting concerns.  We contrast 2 types...
  • Blog Post: Hands-on Labs for Enterprise Library 5.0 and Unity 2.0 Released

    In the continued commitment to our users - .NET enterprise developers, we are releasing a fully updated set of hands-on labs today. These are built by developers for developers! The set includes exercises for all application blocks as well as Unity, Interception and complex configuration scenarios. Once...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 5.0/Unity 2.0 – second batch of deliverables

    We’ve released the following on MSDN today: ­ Enterprise Library 5.0 Final Doc Set (includes the topics on Unity, Interception and Advanced Configuration Scenarios) ­ Unity 2.0 ( release notes ) ­ Unity 2.0 for Silverlight ( release notes ) ­ Unity 2.0 Final Doc Set Available from the landing pages:...
  • Blog Post: Don’t overlook Enterprise Library 5.0 Migration Guide

    Enterprise Library users’ community, hello! The 5.0 release has received quite the welcome from so many of you with many thousands in downloads and hundreds of tweets and blog posts just in 3 days after the release. I would like to draw your attention to one piece of guidance we’re providing as a part...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 Released!

    Last Friday I signed off on the last quality gates!  Yesterday we had our Release Readiness Meeting, which gave a resounding GO to the Enterprise Library 5.0 and a round of applause to the team. As one of the directors concluded “ It is a beautiful thing… Not just the product, but also how you’ve...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 5.0 is near: Beta 2 is out!

    It’s been just a month since we released Beta 1 . In this short period of time, it has received substantial attention from the community (with ~3,600 downloads). Thanks to all of you who provided comments and reported issues on CodePlex. The last two iterations leading to Beta 2 were primarily focused...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 5.0 Beta1 and Unity 2.0 Beta1 are released

    Greetings! I am very happy to announce the BETA1 releases of Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 and Microsoft Unity 2.0 . They are available for evaluation now. Those who followed the progress of our team through the regular iteration-end code drops are aware what a massive undertaking this has been...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Enterprise Library 5.0 and Unity 2.0 Roadmap

    When will Enterprise Library 5 and Unity 2.0 ship? In short, on April 14, 2010 . In the meantime, we plan to release two public betas. Here’s our tentative timeline:   Please note: 1) We do not plan a 5.1 service release. 5.0 will target both Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2008. Customers...
  • Blog Post: Powered by EntLib

    When speaking about or demoing EntLib, I often get asked which Microsoft products Enterprise Library is used in. There are several dozen internal Microsoft projects (that we know of) that take advantage of Enterprise Library. However, many people are particularly interested in commercial products that...
  • Blog Post: Dependency Injection pattern in APIs

    My colleague and friend Chris Tavares, who is the Dev Lead on Enterprise Library and Unity, published an insightful article in MSDN magazine on the usage of DI in APIs, which I highly recommend. It is based on our recent experience of doing architectural refactoring of the Enterprise Library. It outlines...
  • Blog Post: Grigori at PDC

    I’ll be at PDC2009 in LA next week. I’ll be happy to meet with EntLib and Unity users as well as critics, to discuss new features of EntLib 5.0, preview the new config experience and also solicit suggestions for post v5 work. If you’d like to discuss acceptance testing and test automation strategies...
  • Blog Post: p&p Summit 2009: What’s coming in Enterprise Library 5.0

    Yesterday Bob Brumfield and I gave a talk on EntLib5.0 at p&p summit in Redmond . We’ve discussed the underlying architectural refactoring and previewed the following improvements: Data accessors that will help you easily consume sproc results when using Data Access Application Block – instead of...
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