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It's the Final Countdown!

It's the Final Countdown!

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(da-da-da DUM. da-da da-da-daa...)

Since I've already used up my one "get out of jail free" card after earlier setting expectations that we'd have Enterprise Library for .NET Framework 2.0 out in December, I know many of you are sharpening your pitchforks and lighting your torches in case I back down on the "mid January" promise.

But alas it will all be in vain - because I'm pleased to announce that (barring any disaster on the scale of Mount Rainier erupting) we will have the new Enterprise Library in your hands by the end of the week. I could tell you which day, but that would ruin the surprise :-) You can look at this as either an example of the Unexpected Hanging paradox, or as an example of me covering my arse... the choice is yours!

Either way, we're really looking forward to getting this great release to you... and soon!

Update: For those who came in late, we have finally shipped! Thanks to everybody for their patience!

  • Fan-bluddy-tastic News !!!

    Can't wait... well i can really ... but that doesn't mean i am not exciting and pleased for you all...
  • Rad, bro.

    Any news on the User Interface Process Application Block for web apps? I've seen you mention once or twice that it's planned but I don't think there's been anything about what it might include. Will help one implement MVC properly using a front controller? Or maybe something to make unit testing possible?

  • Great! I'm looking forward to upgrading when this comes out!
  • Tom,

    I always enjoy a good 80's rock reference ( Looking forward with great anticipation to the new release!
  • I'll hold my breath tight until the counting clock stops--no matter how long it would take:-)----great news to us!!!
  • OK, while we are on the topic of musical references.... What are those opening note to? I've eliminated the Dragnet theme, but to my tone-deaf ear they could be either "Also Sprach Zarthustra" (2001 theme) or Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
  • Great!
    However, I was surprised not to see any storage provider for Registry. The class RegistryStorageProvider and associated watcher is gone.
    Will it be the same in final Build ?
    If so, what was the motivation for that ?
    Thanks for your great Job.
  • James: LOL - I guess it is ambiguous. I'd have written out a full musical chart if HTML markup allowed it. It's supposed to be the synthesizer riff in the bad 80's song that Matthew linked to.

    Nicolas: No we won't have a registry config provider available at launch. The reason is timing - we had to completely rewrite the configuration system for .NET 2.0 and we didn't get to include this. However we wanted to make sure that the configuration sources were extensible out of the box, which is why we ship a SQL config source quickstart. We may be able to ship a registry implementation as a separate extension (like we did in v1) or maybe someone in the community will beat us to it :-)

  • Please! Please include an updated lab tutorial for this release. My team would really like to get started with Enterprise Library 2.0, but we need more than just a "Quickstart" project, a lab tutorial will be so much appreciated. Thank you.
  • Cesar - never fear, the Hands On Labs will be updated. They won't be included in the EntLib release, but we'll make them available as a separate MSDN download soon after the release.

  • Tom, thanks for the email tip about the final release...but many of my team members were "sharpening their pitchforks" towards me on Wed. :-). ---So, I am guessing the IT COULD BE OUT any second from now?
  • Tick tock tick tock... DYING over here.
  • Sorry guys - I'd hoped to have it out by now but final release processes are painfully slow. One part of me wants to not set any expectations just in case something goes wrong at the last minute, but I'd prefer to err on the side of transparency and let you know what we (think we) know at any given time. Today is unlikely but (touch wood) we should be done tomorrow. Rest assured that we don't have any known issues at this time - just lots of final sign-off processes to make sure the release is at the right quality level.

  • Question in the logging area of EntLib 2.0 (I know there's a better place for this but I'm here): why DateTime.UtcNow instead of DateTime.Now when tracing time stamps?

    Kind of confusing when you're in the Central Time zone and you look at the logs and see time stamps from 6 hours ago. For a long time I thought I had a filter problem thinking I wasn't really logging in the last 6 hours.
  • Tom, will EntLib 2.0 target both .NET 1.1 and 2.0, or just 2.0? Just curious. Thanks.
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