Over the last couple of weeks, the DD4T team have been working hard to release the latest version and have just got it out there as version 1.31.
DD4T is an open source framework which enables you to use ASP.NET MVC or Java Spring to deliver your SDL Tridion powered website. It works with SDL Tridion 2013, 2011 SP1, 2011 and 2009 SP1.
This release includes lots of features from 1.30 that weren't really publicized so I'm talking about some of those here too. So what's in the release?
Improved NuGet Package structure
DD4T 1.30 was a bit of a challenge getting set up, it just wasn't that easy. With 1.31, the NuGet package structure has been improved so you can install a few packages to get set up on any Tridion environment. NuGet is a package manager for .NET that allows you to bring in reusable components in a quick and easy manner.
Profiling and Personalisation support
A while back a branch was created (by yours truly) to make the SDL Tridion Target Group rules available in the DD4T Content Model. This has now been merged into the main code base so you can use the features available for targeting Component Presentations for certain groups of users in DD4T.
Update Visual Studio Template for 2012 and 2013
It was possible to get DD4T working any version of Visual Studio before but now we have updated the project template which gets you up and running in minutes. See the wiki for details on how to do this and keep an eye out for my upcoming blog post.
Binary Distribution Module
This has been available since DD4T 1.26 but I wanted to mention it as it hasn't had a whole lot of press. The Binary Distribution Module is a really cool feature which enables serving Binaries from the database, caching on the file system and generate different sizes of images at request time.
This is going to be really useful for responsible/responsive web design projects.
Bug fixes and improvements
There's a whole host of bug fixes and tweaks in 1.31 which make using the framework even better.
Well done to Quirijn, Albert and the rest of the team for getting this together. As an open source project, a lot of the work in maintaining and developing DD4T is done on people's own time. We need more help on the project to move the development forward and make sure documentation is up to date. If you use it, please think about getting involved by joining the mailing list or asking to get commit privileges.
SDL Tridion 2013 SP1 has just been released so we will need to get the code base updated and released. There are already people asking about it on Stack Exchange.
Please do get involved in DD4T, it's a great project.