Question about clean architecture

Hikljh Dima 20 Reputation points
2024-01-26T18:30:20.3033333+00:00

I read article about clean architecture (in microsoft docs) and I have question about validation. In the article said that Application layer must not have any dependencies from external libraries and frameworks. But I see examples projects on github which build within clean architecture and many projects use fluent validation library in Application layer. So I have confusion, if sense of this architecture make independence application (and domain) layers from frameworks - why people do this?

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  1. Brando Zhang-MSFT 2,556 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2024-01-29T02:04:11.29+00:00

    Hi @Hikljh Dima, Based on my understanding, the clean architecture is to structure the code in a way that the business logic (core domain) is isolated from external concerns such as frameworks and libraries. While the Clean Architecture principles advocate for keeping the application layer free from dependencies on external libraries, it doesn't mean that you can't use any external libraries at all. It means we need concern the frameworks and libraries impact of the overall architecture. The fluent validation we could consider it works as a tool. You could also write the library to achieve the same thing inside the application layer. Clean architecture doesn't mean don't use any library. The mean goal is to keep the business logic isolated from the technical details and frameworks. If the use of a library is focused on technical concerns like validation or mapping, it might be acceptable.

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  2. Bruce (SqlWork.com) 52,496 Reputation points
    2024-01-29T23:01:54.85+00:00

    in clean design validation is required at every layer. but building a validation library that can be shared between layers is hard. ideally each layer would have its own.

    if you use fluent, then there should be a fluent library for each layer. If attached to the entities, then you are moving the UI validation definitions to the core entity. the downside is duplicating validation rules.

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