The July 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online. The amount of discussion that has surrounded the Enterprise Library and its Application Blocks (good, bad and indifferent) has been tremendous. I decided to create a 3 part series that explores the Enterprise Library Data Access blocks in my Data Points column. In this issue I discuss how how the Enterprise Library DAAB fits into an architecture as well as some best practices in using the block. I review the Enterprise Library model and dive right into the DAAB and its configuration and cryptography features, when and where the DAAB can be used, and lots more.

There is a lot to review with Ent Lib and only so much fits into an article, so I decided to split this up into a 3 parter. In the upcoming Part 2 and Part 3 I explore how post build events can be used to ease the use of configuration files, several ways of retrieving data, saving data, transactions with Ent Lib, using NUnit with Ent Lib, and its factory model.