Instructions to Build CSLA .NET 2.0 and the

Instructions to Build CSLA .NET 2.0 and the ProjectTracker Sample
The following are basic instructions to get CSLA .NET and the ProjectTracker sample
application built and running. These instructions are not meant to replace the Expert VB
2005 Business Objects or Expert C# 2005 Business Objects books; those books remain
the primary source of information regarding the framework and how to use it.
1. Download the code from this page and unpack the zip archive to your hard drive.
It is recommended that you put the code somewhere other than in your My
Documents area, because the ASP.NET user account under IIS will need access to
the directory.
Specifically, you need to put the code into a directory that is accessible by the
ASP.NET user account under IIS (assuming you want to run the web UI or Web
Service interface). Alternately, you can put the code where you want and set the
appropriate NTFS permissions to grant the ASP.NET user account appropriate
2. If you plan to run the Web Forms UI or Web Services interface, you must do the
following: using the Internet Information Services console, create virtual roots
that point to both the PTWeb and PTWebService directories. You’ll need to choose
whether to use VB or C#, or name the virtual roots using language-specific names
(like PTWebvb and PTWebcs). The reason for this step is discussed in Chapters 10
and 11 and also here.
a. Make sure to set the virtual roots to use ASP.NET version 2.0. This is
done by setting the virtual root’s properties in Windows XP Pro or
Windows Server 2003. Under Windows 2000 this is done through
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3. Open the Csla solution in Visual Studio 2005 and build the solution. There are
separate solutions for VB and C# and you can build either or both as you choose.
The VB ProjectTracker uses the VB framework, the C# ProjectTracker uses
the C# framework, so make sure to build the right framework(s) for the sample
you intend to build.
a. The framework solution includes a key file, because Csla.dll must have
a strong name. If your organization has a pre-existing key store and a
policy for managing key files, you may want to use your own key rather
than the publicly available one provided with the framework.
b. Though Csla.dll includes a ServicedComponent and references
System.Enterprise.dll, it should not be registered with COM+. This is
discussed in Chapter 4.
c. Please note that the copyright notices in the Csla solution should be left
intact. This is one of the few requirements of the CSLA .NET License.
4. Close the Csla solution and open the ProjectTracker solution for your chosen
programming language. DO NOT BUILD the project at this time.
5. You may need to remove and re-add the reference to Csla.dll. Normally this
isn’t necessary, but if you’ve altered the relative directory structures while
unpacking the zip file the reference may have been lost.
6. Update the connection strings in each config file to correspond to the location
where you unzipped the files. The ProjectTracker sample is designed to use
SQL Server 2005 Express, and database files are included in the download. SQL
Server 2005 Express allows an application to refer to a database directly by its file
name, and that is how ProjectTracker is configured.
Most projects in the solution have either a web.config, app.config or
application.config file that you’ll need to update.
a. To start with, I strongly recommend using the local data portal proxy as
discussed in Chapter 4 and in each of the interface chapters (Chapters 911). Once you have the code running with that proxy, you can branch out
to the remote data portal proxies from Chapter 4.
To use a remote data portal through Remoting, Enterprise Services or Web
Services please refer to Chapter 12 where you’ll find complete instructions
on setting up each type of application server.
b. If you don’t plan to run a given UI (PTWin, PTWeb or PTWebService) you
can ignore the config file in that UI project.
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c. If you don’t plan to use a given application server host (RemotingHost,
WebServicesHost or EnterpriseServicesHost ) you can ignore the
config file in that project.
d. The PTWin client can use the database files directly, just make sure to
change the path to the files in app.config before building the solution.
e. The PTWeb and PTWebService web sites typically won’t have direct access
to the database files. You can either copy the files to the App_Data
directories in each project, or configure those projects to use a remote data
portal server. I typically use the Enterprise Services data portal channel for
PTWeb and the Remoting channel for PTWebService (due to the security
complexity with calling a COM+ component from a web service). If you
use the Enterprise Services channel, make sure to change the database
connection strings in application.config as discussed in Chapter 12.
f. If you want to use an external database (like a pre-existing SQL Server
2005 database) that is fine, just change the connection strings in the config
files accordingly.
g. If you want to use SQL Server 2000 make sure to read this.
7. The PTWeb and PTWebService projects are configured to use the
EnterpriseServicesProxy within the data portal. Before you can run these
projects you need to start a Visual Studio 2005 Command Prompt window and
run regsvcs.exe to register the EnterpriseServicesHostvb.dll or
EnterpriseServicesHostcs.dll file. Alternately, you can change PTWeb and
PTWebService to use either the Remoting or Web Services proxies instead.
If you do use the EnterpriseServicesProxy, you must also open the COM+
Applications properties window for the service and set the Application Root
Directory in the Activation tab. The path should point to the same directory that
contains the application.config file you edited earlier.
Please note: the PTWebService project is missing its reference to the
EnterpriseServicesHostvb or EnterpriseServicesHostcs project. You will
need to add this project reference to PTWebService before using the Web Service
8. Set the Start Options for both PTWeb and PTWebService to use a custom server,
pointing to the virtual root URLs you set up earlier.
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You may optionally set a specific page (such as Default.aspx) as the startup
page, though this is not necessary. The PTWeb pages include functionality to
redirect the user to a “safe” page if they attempt to start on a page without proper
9. The PTServiceClient project is a client for PTWebService . You’ll need to make
sure its app.config file contains the URL for the virtual root you created for
PTWebService earlier.
10. Build the ProjectTracker solution. You should now be able to run PTWin ,
PTWeb and PTServiceClient.
a. To log into the application, you can use
Log in as a project manager
Log in as a normal user
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