There is an ongoing effort from the Microsoft Patterns and Practices group to provide customers and SharePoint developers with more tools and guidance for SharePoint development and deployment.
This is a wondeful thing and while I have been keeping an eye on it I am really pleased with what I have seen so far on their codeplex project: http://www.codeplex.com/spg and in the community as well.
I know many members of the community (SharePoint MVP’s) and customers have been involved in getting this stuff started and you can really see how the community input is shaping the guidance material in a way that will provide DIRECT benefit for all community members.
I am especially pleased with the fact Unit Testing has been talking about alot in these discussions and cannot wait to see what kind of solutions or guidance they can give as this has been a very difficult area for some time now.
Keep your eyes peeled and check back on the codeplex drops: http://www.codeplex.com/spg and review the ones that are already in there. (Don’t forget you can subscribe to the RSS so you don’t actually have to visit the website periodically :P)
Super excited and wanting to read every single page of the material provided thus far,