I've been reviewing examples on the web of 3 layer design and I've noticed that most samples return either datasets or data tables. The thing that is confusing me is what if you would rather return a generic list of type so you can utlize properties or methods from within the type your list is based on? As example using a Name property that concats various fields in a specific way depending on the data, if the List is bound to a control on a form then the Name property can be used as the datafield. If you would want to accomplish the same thing when using a dataset or table, you'd have to return the data from the database to acheive the same (I try not to use datasets or datatables so I'm probably very wrong about this statement. :) )
The part that is really confusing me is about resusing code, to me it seems the only way to reuse code is to retrieve the data into either a dataset or datatable and then loop through the data and add it to a List, is this generally the best practice for 3 layer or is there a way to do this without datasets and datatables.
The example in the link below demonstrates in essence using datasets or tables and then adding it to an object but I'm forced to ask if this is the best practice?
I'm not looking for a solution using the Entity Framework as that is an area I haven't explored yet.