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The .NET framework has become the platform of choice for many enterprise applications. Not surprisingly, many .NET concepts parallel those in CORBA and J2EE. The benefit of hindsight gives .NET architects and developers the opportunity to imitate the success while avoiding the pitfalls inherent in complex distributed development. This is especially true for data persistence, which often gets less attention than it deserves. Issues with data persistence are often not discovered until the later stages of development and testing, when the options for addressing them are limited and expensive. A well-designed data persistence layer can drastically improve the performance of the entire application, if it's addressed throughout the development process. This article outlines best practices for developing advanced data persistence in a .NET application. It discusses the dev... (more)