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  • Blog Post: Just Released: Validation Application Block Hands-On Lab

    Reposting Grigori’s announcement in case you missed it: Here’s a gift for the New Year’s. We have produced a new hands-on lab on validation with Enterprise Library. It contains 13 exercises that walk you through capabilities of the Validation Application Block in various application contexts: ...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 4.0 - Get it while it's hot!

    It's almost exactly a year since I handed in the keys to the Enterprise Library bus, but I'm still as excited as ever about the release of a new version. The team has just released Enterprise Library 4.0, which features all of the blocks you know and love updated for Visual Studio 2008, plus the shiny...
  • Blog Post: Polymorphism and the Validation Application Block

    The Validation Application Block is a useful piece of technology, but unfortunately it doesn't get along too well with that slippery character called Polymorphism. This is because you need to tell the block the exact type in which it should look for validators - it won't automatically figure out what...
  • Blog Post: Prioritising Validation Results using VAB ASP.NET Integration

    One of the many cool features of the Validation Application Block is the simple integration into ASP.NET web applications. By using the PropertyProxyValidator (PPV), you can associate input controls with specific properties of specific types, and the validation rules defined on those types (using either...
  • Blog Post: First Release of EntLib Contrib

    Sorry my blog has been a little quiet lately, as I've been spending most of my time unpacking boxes. While our place is still a bit of a disaster, most of the boxes are finally empty so hopefully I can get back to a bit more blogging. The other thing I'd hoped to be doing (but didn't have enough time...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 3.0 Drill-Down Webcasts

    Right about the time we released Enterprise Library 3.0, Ed and I presented a webcast that gave a quick tour of all of the new features of the release. We got a lot of attendees, downloads and good feedback, however since we covered so much ground it wasn't possible to go into too much detail on any...
  • Blog Post: Validation Application Block, meet WPF

    One of the few features we needed to cut from Enterprise Library 3.0 was a Windows Presentation Foundation "integration adapter" for the Validation Application Block. This was a tough call, and wasn't made because we didn't think it was an important scenario - rather it was because we were extremely...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library: The Videos

    For quite some time, Don has been been putting together short video tutorials on the Web Service Software Factory (including a brand new one giving a preview of the upcoming v3 release ). Up until now I've never tried this, but Don has been getting pretty good feedback on his videos, and I've seen more...
  • Blog Post: Just Released! Enterprise Library 3.0 - April 2007

    Yes, it's finally here. The patterns & practices team is pleased to announce the official release of Enterprise Library 3.0 - April 2007 for the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0. Highlights of this Release If you've been keeping up with the Community Technology Preview releases, there shouldn't be...
  • Blog Post: "Enterprise Library 3.0 - What's New?" Webcast on tomorrow, March 27th

    We're currently putting the final coat of polish onto Enterprise Library 3.0, and we should have the release out the door right at the start of April. But we wanted to get a head start on the launch party with our first EntLib 3.0 webcast, which is on tomorrow, March 27th at 10am PDT / 17:00 UTC . In...
  • Blog Post: Validation Application Block in the January 2007 CTP

    Our team is hard at work putting the finishing touches on the January 2007 CTP of Enterprise Library 3.0. This new preview release will be available on our community site any day now, but in the meantime I wanted to tease you a bit by showing you a few things that will be available in this release of...
  • Blog Post: Validators supplied in the VAB

    We're making great progress with the Validation Application Block in Enterprise Library 3.0, and one of the last remaining tasks is to make sure we include a compelling set of validators with the block. While it's very easy to build your own validator, we don't want everyone to need to build the same...
  • Blog Post: Validation Application Block: Revealed!

    I'm sitting at home, still slowly digesting turkey, watching the snow fall outside the window, and trying to deal with the prospect of the imminent full work week. But while the 4 day weekend has definitely been a welcome break, the next week should actually be pretty interesting, with almost all of...
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