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Effective Use of Microsoft Enterprise Library: Building Blocks for Creating Enterprise Applications and Services by Len Fenster

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2. The Configuration Application Block Design-Time

A COMMON COMPLAINT ABOUT the application blocks before Enterprise Library was that configuration was often a challenging, tedious, and error-prone activity. The Enterprise Library team worked hard to design and develop design-time features and tools to address this issue. These features are intended to not only make the exercise of configuring an application straightforward and simple, but to also provide extensibility points to let you add your own design-time features if you need to.

This chapter first highlights how to use the Enterprise Library Configuration Tool to take advantage of the features provided by the Configuration Application Block’s runtime. Specifically, it describes how to ...

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