The Provider Model Rocks!
In the last few weeks I have started on a new endeavor. I am rewriting my PDSA Framework from the ground up. I figured that it is time to once again take everything I have learned over the last few years of working with .NET and re-architect things a little better.
In doing so, I am going with a complete provider model for each and every piece of my Framework. I really like this model. In fact, I just wrote a nice little chapter about how to create providers in my "Architecting ASP.NET 2.0 Applications" eBook (www.pdsa.com/eBooks). So far, I have created a Data Provider, a Configuration Management Provider, an Exception Management Provider and a Cryptography provider. Yes, I know, I could have just used the Microsoft Enterprise Library, but have you seen the underlying code for that? Wow! Very complicated, way over-engineered. I knew I could make it simpler (and I have).
I will be writing an eBook on each one of these provider model blocks that I have created and releasing them this quarter (Q1 of 2007). Keep a watch on my web site for them.