The November Community Technology Preview of the Enterprise Library for .NET Framework 2.0 is released.
The Enterprise Library (CTP)  has been redesigned to take advantage of key new features in the .NET Framework 2.0, and also includes various new features and enhancements.
More information can be found in this area of the Patterns & Practices area of Microsoft's website.

The final release of Enterprise Library for .NET Framework 2.0 is expected to be in December 2005.

The application blocks that comprise the Enterprise Library for .NET Framework 2.0 are the following:

  • Caching Application Block.
  • Data Access Application Block.
  • Exception Handling Application Block.
  • Logging Application Block.
  • Security Application Block.

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In addition, the Enterprise Library Core provides services such as instrumentation and configuration, and is a shared dependency of all Enterprise Library application blocks.
Developers who are familiair with the Enterprise Library will have noticed that the Configuration Application Block no longer is a part of the Enterprise Library. Most of the configuration functionality supported by the old block is now provided by the System.Configuration namespace in .NET Framework 2.0. All Enterprise Library application blocks now leverage this functionality. The Enterprise Library core still includes some helper classes for configuration, as well as the configuration design-time components and tool.

Deployment in low-rights environments
All Enterprise Library application blocks are instrumented with performance counters, WMI and event logs, as was the case in previous releases. By default, all instrumentation is disabled and the application blocks can now be deployed using XCOPY in low-rights environments such as ASP.NET.

The Enterprise Library Configuration Console is not available in the November 2005 CTP release. To change an application’s configuration, one has to edit its XML configuration file.

Henry Cordes
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