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The Transient Fault Handling Application Block

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The Microsoft Enterprise Library Transient Fault Handling Application Block lets developers make their applications more resilient by adding robust transient fault handling logic. Transient faults are errors that occur because of some temporary condition such as network connectivity issues or service unavailability. Typically, if you retry the operation that resulted in a transient error a short time later, you find that the error has disappeared.

Different services can have different transient faults, and different applications require different fault handling strategies. The Transient Fault Handling Application Block encapsulates information about the transient faults that can occur when you use the following Microsoft Azure services in your application:

  • SQL Azure
  • Azure Service Bus
  • Azure Storage
  • Azure Caching Service

The Transient Fault Handling Application Block enables the developer to select from the following retry strategies:

  • Incremental
  • Fixed interval
  • Exponential back-off

The Enterprise Library Transient Fault Handling Application Block includes the following features:

  • You can select from an extensible collection of error detection strategies for cloud-based services, and an extensible collection of retry strategies.
  • You can use the graphical Enterprise Library configuration tool to manage configuration settings.
  • You can extend the block by adding error detection strategies for other services or by adding custom retry strategies.
The Transient Fault Handling Application Block is a product of the collaboration between the Microsoft patterns & practices team and the Azure Customer Advisory Team. It is based on the initial detection and retry strategies, and the data access support from the Transient Fault Handling Application Framework. The new block now includes enhanced configuration support, enhanced support for wrapping asynchronous calls, provides integration of the block's retry strategies with the Azure Storage retry mechanism, and works with the Enterprise Library dependency injection container. The new Transient Fault Handling Application Block supersedes the Transient Fault Handling Framework and is now a recommended approach to handling transient faults in the cloud.

This section includes the following topics to help you to understand and use the Transient Fault Handling Application Block:


  • August 2012 - with no dependency on the Azure Shared Caching core assembly
  • September 2012 - with the support for the Task-based Asynchronous Pattern (TAP)

More Information

For related information, see the following patterns & practices guides and documents:

Last built: June 7, 2012

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