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N-Tier: Begginer's guide in designing their application

, 25 Dec 2011 CPOL 51.2K 31
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A great way to design your own application is to use the N-tier architecture.

This is just a simple tip that I will share and it is for you to check out.

Note: The following layers are exposed as different projects under one solution.

Object Layer: Create a class with properties:
public class Person
   public string Firstname {get;set;}
   public string Lastname {get;set;}
   public int Age {get;set;}
Data Access Layer: The layer that interacts with database:

public sealed class PersonDAL
   Person person = new Person();
   public static int GetAge(string firstname, string lastname)
         SQLConnection sqlcon = new SQLConnection(ConfigurationManager
         SQLCommand sqlcmd = new SQLCommand("SELECT age FROM Person_tb WHERE
                               firstname=@firstname AND lastname=@lastname",
         sqlcmd.CommandType = CommandType.CommandText;
         sqlcmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@firstname", firstname);
         sqlcmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@lastname", lastname);
         int retval = (int)sqlcmd.ExecuteScalar();
      catch(Exception ex)
         //Log ex
         sqlcon = null;
Business Logic Layer: The layer that serves as bridge for DAL and Application Layer:

public sealed class PersonBLL
   public static int GetAge(string firstname, string lastname)
      return PersonDAL.GetAge(firstname, lastname);
Application/Presentation Layer: The layer where users input data:

Person person = new Person();
person.Firstname = "Eduard";
person.Lastname = "Lu";
string firstname = person.Firstname;
string lastname = person.Lastname;
txtAge.Text = PersonBLL.GetAge(firstname, lastname).ToString();

There are still a lot of ways to optimize this one. You can add more layers which your application might be needing. For example, add a Utilities Layer wherein you can place your configuration/settings and your error/transaction logger. In my example, you can create a function that will return the connection string for your application to communicate with your database server.

Also, creating stored procedure is better than using command text. In my example, I used command text just to show you my query.

Message me if you have concerns. Smile | :)


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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 A practical example I needed to unde... Pin
Marius Coetzee5-Dec-11 18:40
memberMarius Coetzee5-Dec-11 18:40 
GeneralRe: thanks! Pin
Eduard Lu5-Dec-11 21:31
memberEduard Lu5-Dec-11 21:31 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 exactly what i am looking for! thank... Pin
Aja wakim1-Dec-11 17:38
memberAja wakim1-Dec-11 17:38 
GeneralRe: thanks aja Pin
Eduard Lu1-Dec-11 17:44
memberEduard Lu1-Dec-11 17:44 
GeneralOne question, what's the reason to implementing a BLL? You c... Pin
monolicciolo30-Nov-11 22:38
membermonolicciolo30-Nov-11 22:38 
GeneralRe: you can put your validation inside the BLL before returning ... Pin
Eduard Lu30-Nov-11 22:47
memberEduard Lu30-Nov-11 22:47 
GeneralReason for my vote of 3 ok Pin
GanesanSenthilvel30-Nov-11 16:20
memberGanesanSenthilvel30-Nov-11 16:20 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Very nice... incredibly rudimentary,... Pin
BrianBissell30-Nov-11 7:54
memberBrianBissell30-Nov-11 7:54 
GeneralRe: Thanks brian Pin
Eduard Lu30-Nov-11 15:16
memberEduard Lu30-Nov-11 15:16 
GeneralReason for my vote of 1 :) Pin
Horváth Aladár30-Nov-11 0:05
memberHorváth Aladár30-Nov-11 0:05 
GeneralRe: FYI. 1 is bad, 5 is good. Considering that your comment is a... Pin
Marcus Kramer30-Nov-11 4:45
memberMarcus Kramer30-Nov-11 4:45 
GeneralRe: :) Pin
Eduard Lu30-Nov-11 15:15
memberEduard Lu30-Nov-11 15:15 
GeneralThat is really a a nice to understand example.could you plea... Pin
Yashar_Khan29-Nov-11 20:39
memberYashar_Khan29-Nov-11 20:39 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 5 from me as well. Pin
Marcus Kramer29-Nov-11 11:03
memberMarcus Kramer29-Nov-11 11:03 
GeneralRe: thanks Marcus Pin
Eduard Lu29-Nov-11 20:57
memberEduard Lu29-Nov-11 20:57 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Straight to the point. Just the way... Pin
Sainey29-Nov-11 10:30
memberSainey29-Nov-11 10:30 
GeneralRe: thanks Sainey Pin
Eduard Lu29-Nov-11 20:57
memberEduard Lu29-Nov-11 20:57 
GeneralI second what Reiss has noted. This is a very good tip, but ... Pin
Marcus Kramer28-Nov-11 7:24
memberMarcus Kramer28-Nov-11 7:24 
GeneralRe: renamed. Thanks for the comments. Pin
Eduard Lu28-Nov-11 14:52
memberEduard Lu28-Nov-11 14:52 
General<b>Eduard Lu wrote:The best way to design your own applicati... Pin
Reiss28-Nov-11 0:37
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QuestionBeginner article Pin
Sean Botha27-Dec-11 10:36
memberSean Botha27-Dec-11 10:36 
QuestionSimple and superb Pin
Suchi Banerjee, Pune29-Nov-11 15:34
memberSuchi Banerjee, Pune29-Nov-11 15:34 
AnswerRe: Simple and superb Pin
Eduard Lu30-Nov-11 15:20
memberEduard Lu30-Nov-11 15:20 

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