Composite Web Clients

Today I read about Web Client Software Factory (WCSF) which talks about the challenges faced in the web application development and how to follow proven patterns and practices to overcome these in order to produce reusable loosely coupled code, which can be unit tested. In the series of few posts I will like to add some key points which I have picked about WCSF.  First lets talk about composite web clients. Because the whole WCSF is based to promote composite web clients, lets talk about it a bit more.

A composite Web client application is a Web application that is composed of a number of discrete and independent pieces. These pieces are integrated together within a Web server environment; they are presented to the user in a Web browser as a fully coherent Web client solution. The Composite pattern is a popular and recurring theme because it provides a flexible and scalable architecture that provides several key benefits, including the following:

  1. It allows a higher degree of separation between application infrastructure and business logic.
  2. It allows more independent development of the individual business logic components themselves.
  3. It provides solution agility because business logic components can be flexibly combined to quickly yield a specific solution.
  4. It promotes code re-use because it allows business logic components and the application infrastructure to be re-used across multiple solutions.
  5. It provides an excellent architecture for the front-end integration of line-of-business systems or service-oriented systems into a task-oriented user experience.

ASP.Net 2.0 and composite web clients:- A Web client using the Composite pattern generally involves a shell, which provides the overall user interface structure. For a Web client, the shell is a master page. You can use ASP.NET master pages to create a consistent layout for the pages in your application. A single master page defines the look and feel and standard behavior that you want for all the pages (or a group of pages) in your application. You can then create individual content pages that contain the content you want to display. When users request the content pages, they merge with the master page to produce output that combines the layout of the master page with the content from the content page. Modules contain functionally discrete pieces, but they integrate with the user interface, communicate with the shell, and communicate with each other. The shell provides access to services required by modules throughout the application. This means that the modules can leverage these capabilities instead of having to implement them themselves. This allows a solution to be developed much more quickly because the Web client infrastructure is already in place—the modules can focus on the business logic and their piece of the overall solution instead of focusing on the basic foundation that is required to provide the necessary Web client capabilities.

refer CodePlex for more.

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