Hot off the press, the Patterns & Practices team's Tom Hollander has announced the availability of the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Enterprise Library v3.0!

Download it from the new CodePlex site at http://www.codeplex.com/entlib.

Some highlights from Tom's post:

Core

  • Source Code installer
  • Partial Trust Support
  • Strong-Named Binary Assemblies

Validation Application Block

  • Core validation API
  • Minimal Validator Library
  • Attaching validators to objects via attributes
  • Attaching validators to objects via configuration
  • Not included yet (but in the works): Configuration tool support, complete validator library, integration with ASP.NET, Windows Forms, WCF etc.

Data Access Application Block

  • SQL Server Compact Edition Support
  • New Database.UpdateDatabase overload with updateBatchSize parameter

Configuration Tool

  • Visual Studio IDE integration
  • AppSettings support
  • Encryption support

Application Block Software Factory

  • Templates and recipes for creating application blocks and provider libraries
  • Preliminary documentation

Strong Naming Guidance Package

  • Recipes to assist in strong-naming and updating [InternalsVisibleTo] across multiple projects

Don't forget to be among the first to provide feedback for the team via the CodePlex forums.

-Chris