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The Unity Container (Unity) is a lightweight, extensible dependency injection container with optional support for instance and type interception.
- Unity 2.1 for Silverlight – May 2011, Aug 2012
- Unity 2.0 – April 2010
- Unity Application Block 2.0 for Silverlight - April 2010
- Unity Application Block 1.2 – October 2008
- Unity Application Block 1.2 for Silverlight - December 2008
- Unity Application Block 1.1 - May 2008
The Unity Container (Unity) is a lightweight, extensible dependency injection container. It facilitates building loosely coupled applications and provides developers with the following advantages:
- Simplified object creation, especially for hierarchical object structures and dependencies
- Abstraction of requirements; this allows developers to specify dependencies at run time or in configuration and simplify management of crosscutting concerns
- Increased flexibility by deferring component configuration to the container
- Service location capability; this allows clients to store or cache the container
- Instance and type interception
- Registration by convention
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