ReviewMicrosoft N Layer App Sample, Part II–getting lost in the architecture

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Continuing my review of, an Official Guidance (shows up at: which people are expected to read and follow.

So the first thing that I saw when I opened the solution was this:


Yes, I know that this is a sample application, and still, this bit scares me. I have never really used the modeling support inside VS, so I took a look there, to see what is going on.

Take a look at one of those:


Do you see the problem here?

As usual with those sort of questions, it is an issue of what is not here. There is not a single mention of the actual application. To be frank, at this point, all I know is that it is a sample application, but I don’t know what the sample is about.

This is pretty scary, because I am pretty sure that if this is the case at that level, we are going to see much the same as we go deeper. I decided that it might behoove me to figure out what this application is about, so I checked the database project, and found:


Um… so it looks like it is about a bank, but also about books, and orders and software. I don’t really see how they connect right now, but we will see, I hope.

More posts in "Review" series:

  1. (20 Jul 2017) Part VI – Analyzing I/O and being unfair
  2. (19 Jul 2017) Part V
  3. (18 Jul 2017) Part IV
  4. (14 Jul 2017) Part III
  5. (12 Jul 2017) Part II
  6. (11 Jul 2017) Part I