Pro Dynamic .NET 4.0 Applications: Data-Driven Programming for the .NET Framework

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Apress, Jan 19, 2010 - Computers - 264 pages

As a developer you are likely painfully aware that not all features of an application can be anticipated when the software ships. In order to cope with these eventualities and save yourself time (and perhaps money), it makes sense to write your applications in such a way that end users can be made as independent of the developers as possible. Giving your users the power to make changes to the way the application operates once it has shipped gives them more control over the way the application works, while reducing the frequency with which you need to redistribute application files, creating a win-win situation.

Pro Dynamic .NET 4.0 Applications explains how to give users the power to create additional data-entry fields, validation logic, and new reports without assistance from the application developer. You will learn how to do this for both desktop (C# and WPF) and web (ASP) applications.

What you’ll learn
  • How to allow the user to create validation logic at runtime
  • How to define and instantiate controls at runtime and the pitfalls of doing so
  • How to create data-driven reports using Excel, Crystal Reports, and SQL Server Reporting Services
  • How to design a database structure for optimizing data-driven applications
  • How to build a user interface that allows users to modify their application visually
Who this book is for

This book is for anyone wanting to distribute an application in which the user needs to be as independent of the developer as possible. By using the techniques described in the book, the user will have the power to make modifications to his own applications, and the developer will reduce the frequency with which he needs to redistribute EXEs.

Table of Contents
  1. Introducing Data-Driven Programming
  2. Reflection
  3. Runtime Code Compilation
  4. Dynamic WinForms
  5. Dynamic ASP.NET
  6. Dynamic WPF
  7. Reporting
  8. Database Design

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About the author (2010)

Carl Ganz, Jr. is president of Seton Software Development, Inc., a provider of software design and development services located in Raritan, New Jersey. He holds a master's in business administration from Seton Hall University and is the author of three other books on software development as well as dozens of articles on Visual Basic, C#, and Microsoft .NET technology. Carl has created numerous solutions over the years using the Crystal Enterprise and BusinessObjects XI .NET and RAS SDKs. He is the president and founder of the New Jersey Visual Basic User Group and has been a featured speaker at software development conferences in both the U.S. and Germany. Carl and his wife, Wendy, live in Raritan with their son, Carl III, their dog, Elke, and their cats, Jack and Jake. Contact Carl at