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Library Windows Project


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Snapshots of the Windows version of my Library project completed for the SetFocus Developer Master's program

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Library Windows Project

  1. 1. Library Application – Windows Forms Project Objective: Create a Windows forms based application to support the principal functions of a lending library’s day-to-day operations. The end user of the application will be the librarian. Summary: This project focuses on building the windows forms user interface layer, the business tier layer and the data access tier layer. It demonstrates the .NET techniques listed below: • User input validation, using error provider and various event handlers. • Data binding to a data grid control and related manipulation. • Middle tier business tier for scalability. • MDI application format. • Effective exception handling. • Regular expressions are used for input validation. • Stored procedures written in T-SQL (SQL 2005) • Custom messages on SQL level implemented. • Stored procedures accessed through System.Data.SqlClient. • Entities for library operations created and implemented. • Result sets from the database retrieved and processed. • Strong named DataSets created and manipulated. The basic functions of the application are as follows: • Add new members to the library. A differentiation is made between adult and juvenile members. Adult members are 18 or older. • View member information such as address, phone number, membership expiration date, and books currently checked out. • Check out available books. • Check in books. It was created as a multi-tier application with the following layers: • User interface – (WinClient) • Business tier – (LibraryBusiness and Entities) • Data Access layer – (DataAccess) • SQL Server DB – Location for all data The application’s Solution Explorer can be seen to the right. The user interface handles all data entry from the librarian. The data is validated by the business tier before proceeding to the database via the data access layer. All library data resides in a SQL Server database.
  2. 2. Screen shots of the application in use Member information can be retrieved by entering the member’s ID number on the member information screen and clicking the Get Member button. The data entry is validated to accept only an integer by means of a regular expression used in a static validator method in the business tier. The member’s information is returned to the form and checked out items are displayed on the DataGrid control from a DataSet. This DataSet is created from the data access layer by means of an SQL stored procedure. If no member if found the librarian is warned with the status strip control. Items can be also be checked back in from this window. The librarian highlights the items from the DataGrid and clicks the Check In Selected Items button. Multiple items can be checked in at once. A DataSet containing each of the selected items is created and sent to the data access layer where a stored procedure is run against the database. If the DataGrid is empty and the button is clicked the status strip control reminds the user that no items have been selected to be checked in. If the button is clicked and the DataGrid is filled with no selected items the status strip control will provide the same response.
  3. 3. An item can be checked out from the member information screen by selecting Check Book Out from the Member Services menu. Input the ISBN and copy number in the dialog window and click OK. The librarian is then prompted to verify that the title is correct to proceed with the check out. The CheckOut stored procedure is accessed through the data access tier to add a record to the loan table signifying an item has been checked out. This record contains member information, book information, the check out date, and the check in date. Members are allowed to have 4 items checked out at any given time. The application is designed to refuse additional check outs. The application also refuses check outs to patrons with expired memberships.
  4. 4. New members can be added to the library. Applicants 18 or older are considered adults and need to be enrolled using the AddAdult form. First name, last name, street, city, and zip code are required fields and must be entered with a particular format. Data entry is validated through the business layer before new members are added to the database. Juvenile members are added based on their birthdate and sponsoring adult member. The same data entry rules that apply to the adult apply to the juvenile and validation takes place from the same set of static methods. In addition, there must be supplied a valid adult member ID number and a valid birthdate or the member is not added to the database.