Creating Person Application Service

An Application Service is used from client (presentation layer) to perform operations (use cases) in the application.

Application services are located in .Application project and their interfaces are located in Application.Shared project. We create first application service to get people from server. We're creating an interface to define the person application service (while this interface is optional, we suggest you to create it):

public interface IPersonAppService : IApplicationService
    ListResultDto<PersonListDto> GetPeople(GetPeopleInput input);

An application service method gets/returns DTOs. We Place them in Application.Shared project. ListResultDto is a pre-build helper DTO to return a list of another DTO. GetPeopleInput is a DTO to pass request parameters to GetPeople method. So, GetPeopleIntput and PersonListDto are defined as shown below:

public class GetPeopleInput
    public string Filter { get; set; }

public class PersonListDto : FullAuditedEntityDto
    public string Name { get; set; }

    public string Surname { get; set; }

    public string EmailAddress { get; set; }

CustomDtoMapper.cs is used to create mapping from Person to PersonListDto. FullAuditedEntityDto is inherited to implement audit properties automatically. See application service and DTO documentations for more information. We are adding the following mappings.

configuration.CreateMap<Person, PersonListDto>();

After defining interface, we can implement it as shown below:

public class PersonAppService : PhoneBookDemoAppServiceBase, IPersonAppService
    private readonly IRepository<Person> _personRepository;

    public PersonAppService(IRepository<Person> personRepository)
        _personRepository = personRepository;

    public ListResultDto<PersonListDto> GetPeople(GetPeopleInput input)
        var persons = _personRepository
                p => p.Name.Contains(input.Filter) ||
                        p.Surname.Contains(input.Filter) ||
            .OrderBy(p => p.Name)
            .ThenBy(p => p.Surname)

        return new ListResultDto<PersonListDto>(ObjectMapper.Map<List<PersonListDto>>(persons));

We're injecting person repository (it's automatically created by ABP) and using it to filter and get people from database.

WhereIf is an extension method here (defined in Abp.Linq.Extensions namespace). It performs Where condition, only if filter is not null or empty. IsNullOrEmpty is also an extension method (defined in Abp.Extensions namespace). ABP has many similar shortcut extension methods. ObjectMapper.Map method automatically converts list of Person entities to list of PersonListDto objects with using configurations in CustomDtoMapper.cs in .Application project.

Connection & Transaction Management

We don't manually open database connection or start/commit transactions manually. It's automatically done with ABP framework's Unit Of Work system. See UOW documentation for more.

Exception Handling

We don't handle exceptions manually (using a try-catch block). Because ABP framework automatically handles all exceptions on the web layer and returns appropriate error messages to the client. It then handles errors on the client and shows needed error information to the user. See exception handling document for more.


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