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Writing robust enterprise applications presents a special challenge for developers, but Microsoft has addressed that challenge with the free, downloadable Enterprise Library for the .NET Framework.
Enterprise Library is a collection of application blocks and guidance documents that together provide functionality common to enterprise applications; each application block includes full source code. Lacking in the guidance provided by Microsoft is an overall roadmap to the process of using the application blocks. Effective Use of Microsoft Enterprise Library is that roadmap.
Microsoft application development lead architect Len Fenster explains exactly how to build applications using Enterprise Library application blocks. Fenster covers all seven application blocks as implemented for .NET Framework 1.1, shows how to develop and use a new application block, and explains how Enterprise Library is changing for .NET Framework 2.0.
Readers will learn
Whether you plan to extend Enterprise Library for your organization, or just use the existing application blocks to add functionality to your architecture in a consistent, extensible, integrated way, this book will guide you through the complexities and help you find a clear path to success.
What Is the Configuration Application Block? 2
Design of the Configuration Application Block Runtime 3
Developing with the Configuration Application Block 52
Configuration and the Enterprise Library Configuration Tool 62
Behind the Configuration Design-Time 84
Example: Design-Time Configuration 100
What Is the Data Access Application Block? 110
Design of the Data Access Application Block 112
Using the Data Access Application Block’s API 138
What Is the Caching Application Block? 178
The Design of the Caching Application Block 183
Developing with the Caching Application Block 220
What Is the Exception Handling Application Block? 242
The Design of the Exception Handling Application Block 247
Developing with the Exception Handling Application Block 290
What Is the Logging and Instrumentation Application Block? 308
Design of the Logging and Instrumentation Application Block 310
Developing with the Logging and Instrumentation Application Block 376
What Is the Security Application Block? 399
Design of the Security Application Block 400
Developing with the Security Application Block 457
What Is the Cryptography Application Block? 488
.NET Cryptography 489
Design of the Cryptography Application Block 492
Developing with the Cryptography Application Block 509
Vision and Design Goals 526
Core Functionality 529
Pluggable Providers 530
Runtime Configuration 543
Design-Time Configuration 556
Unit Tests 574
Quick Start Application 576
Design of the Data Mapping Application Block 580
Developing with the Data Mapping Application Block 595
The IDataParameter Interface 622
The IDataParameterCollection Interface 625
The IDataReader Interface 629
The IDbCommand Interface 633
The IDbConnection and ICloneable Interfaces 637
The IDbDataAdapter Interface 642
The IDbTransaction Interface 647
The Core 651
Data Access 657