I took a week off, which was good.  I visited family and spent time relaxing and playing video games. (Fallout3 rocks so far!!).  I got back this morning to hundreds of emails to go through.  After reading almost all of it, there were a few things that happened recently I wanted to share... Here are the highlights:

Grigori and I have been working (with Gerard and Jon) on the Acceptance Testing Guide...and we released a beta.  (Grigori talks about it here: News: Acceptance Test Engineering Guidance BETA1, and the guide is under Releases here: http://codeplex.com/TestingGuidance).  We would appreciate feedback.

Unity 1.2 and Enterprise Library 4.1 were both released.  Way to go Chris, Grigori, and the rest of the team. (Just Released: Microsoft Enterprise Library 4.1 and Unity 1.2 and And we're live! Entlib 4.1 and Unity 1.2 are released.)  Unity had some very neat (and hard to implement) stuff added to it in this release.  I know since I paired with Chris on a small part of re-work that allowed the Policy Injection Block functionality to be added.  This is a good, solid release of both projects.

p&p opened up the patterns & practices Agile Development Showcase, starting with a paper Ade wrote on Distributed Agile Development at Microsoft patterns & practices.  I reviewed the paper and bounced ideas around with Ade.  The paper has a LOT of information and helpful hints. (Ade's blog post about it is here: patterns & practices Agile Showcase)

The Redmond patterns & practices Summit is this week (http://www.pnpsummit.com/).  I've got to prep for a talk tomorrow after being out for a week (fun).  Here are a few other random posts on the topic: patterns & practices Summit in Redmond, Crazy Times Ahead - PDC, P&P Summit, Tech Ed EMEA).  The Summit is always fun, and I am looking forward to it.

After the Summit, I'll be ramping down on the Acceptance Testing project now that the Beta is out.  I will continue to work on it, just not as my primary focus, as it gets cleaned up, reviewed, re-worked, edited, etc.  I'll blog soon about my next challenge.