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Unity 2.0 Interception via Method Decoration in verbose code

, 24 Jul 2012 CPOL
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Unity 2.0 Interception via Method Decoration in verbose code
I found a lot of examples on how to implement Unity interception with configuration files, but no concise examples of how to configure it with verbose code. Hopefully someone else will find this useful too.
using Microsoft.Practices.Unity;
using Microsoft.Practices.Unity.InterceptionExtension;
using System;

namespace UnityExample
    class Program
        //Private Variable
        private static IUnityContainer unityContainer;

        static void Main(string[] args)
            unityContainer = new UnityContainer();

            //This allows Interception for the whole Unity container.

            //This sets up an InterfaceInterceptor for IAuthenticationService
            //IAuthenticationService is a class I wrote (see below), simply substitute  
            //whatever class you're interested in intercepting here
               .SetInterceptorFor<iauthenticationservice>(new InterfaceInterceptor());

    //define what it is you want to do with your custom interceptor
    public class LogExceptionsHandler : ICallHandler
        public int Order { get; set; }
        public IMethodReturn Invoke(IMethodInvocation input, GetNextHandlerDelegate getNext)
        {   //Put any logic here you would like to invoke BEFORE the method is invoked.
            Console.WriteLine("Before method Invocation happened");

            //This invokes the next item in the Injection pipeline, or eventually
            //calls your method
            var methodReturn = getNext().Invoke(input, getNext);

            // AFTER the target method execution check to see if it excepted 
            if (methodReturn.Exception != null)
                Console.WriteLine("Add some real logging here");

            //if you would like to re-throw, do it here, otherwise just return 
            //your methodReturn
                   ("To Rethrow, or not to rethrow, that is the question.");
            return methodReturn;

    //create an attribute so you can apply it to your methods
    public class LogExceptionsAttribute : HandlerAttribute
        public override ICallHandler CreateHandler(Microsoft.Practices.Unity.IUnityContainer container)
            return new LogExceptionsHandler();

    //lastly, apply the decoration to the method you want to intercept
    //Note: This is the same Interface defined above in the .SetInterceptorFor
    public interface IAuthenticationService
        bool isAuthenticated(string userName, string password);


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QuestionWhere is code exmaple that I can download Pin
PingPong KingKong31-Mar-13 6:28
memberPingPong KingKong31-Mar-13 6:28 

Thank you for your post. Where is code exmaple that I can download?
QuestionUnity interception example doesn't compile Pin
kimberlite24-Jul-12 5:32
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GeneralRe: Unity interception example doesn't compile Pin
KevonHoughton24-Jul-12 6:24
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