Spring.NET is a .NET port of the popular Spring framework for Java, and is most commonly used for implementing dependency injection in applications. In today's example, I'll demonstrate the usage of Spring.NET for defining a validator onto an ASP.NET page.
Let's start off by creating an ASP.NET Web Application Project. (Click the images to enlarge them and view the code snippets)
Step 1: Add References to Spring.Core and Spring.Web
You can download the binaries for Spring.NET 1.2.0 here and add references to Spring.Core and Spring.Web
Step 2: Declare the spring sectionGroup in the configSections of the web.config file
Declare the context and objects sections within the spring sectionGroup in the web.config file. The context section is used to define the configuration for the Spring IoC container and the objects section is used to define objects.
Step 3: Add the spring configuration to the web.config file
In the context section, refer to the objects resource within the spring section of the ASP.NET Web.config file. Within objects, define the validation group NameValidation containing a required validator. Inject an instance of NameValidation to the NameValidator property of the Default.aspx page.
Step 4: Declare the PageHandlerFactory HTTP handler and the WebSupportModule HTTP module in the web.config
Assuming you are working with a pre-IIS 7 web application server, you can declare the PageHandlerFactory HTTP handler and the WebSupportModule HTTP module as indicated above.
Step 5: Add a textbox and button to your page
Create the user interface to enter a name on the page.
Step 6: Add the necessary 'plumbing'
Create a Name property wrapper for the textbox created in Step 5. Add the NameValidator property. Define the button event handler to validate the data in the textbox and display the validation status.
Run the application! When the user leaves the textbox blank, the validation returns false; else it returns true.