VB.Net >> How to split a project in many DLL projects

by ABC - Sastien Beaugrand » Mon, 13 Oct 2003 22:08:01 GMT


I am working on a project that is getting too big and we would like to split
it in many DLLs Projects.
In that way some dlls should be written in C# and some in VB.NET.

The problem we got to do that is that if we cut a part of code from the main
project (Project1) and if we put it in a new DLL project (Project2) it is
not possible to compile Project2 because it need to declare some classes
that are defined in Project1.

To resolve that problem, in project 2 we add a reference to Project1.

But now, because some functions called by Project1 have been moved to
project2, we need to add a reference to project2 in the main project

And we got circular references and it is impossible to build the solution

So what is the correct way to organize an oo project in many DLLs ?


VB.Net >> How to split a project in many DLL projects

by Jay B. Harlow [MVP - Outlook] » Mon, 13 Oct 2003 22:32:32 GMT

The normal way to avoid circular references between assemblies that require
a circular reference is the Separated Interface Pattern.


However this is not always as easy as it appears.

Normally what I do is move the code that both Project1 & Project2 depend on
into Project3.

Then Project1 references both Project2 & Project3, while Project2 references
only Project3.

Normally I call this Project3 MySolution.Framework. What I wind up with is
very little code in Project1 as most of it is in Project2 type assemblies
with all the common stuff in Project3 type assemblies.

If you do not start out organizing you classes into projects from the start,
it can be challenging as you are finding to get classes that have no
dependencies into their own assemblies, I know I've been there.

Hope this helps

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VB.Net >> How to split a project in many DLL projects

by ABC - Sastien Beaugrand » Mon, 13 Oct 2003 23:26:41 GMT

Thank you for your answer that will really help me.


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