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Best way to pass data from project to project?

I have a solution in which I have built an Error Handling Project that consists of 1 class. I need to have every other Project including my main assembly be able to talk with this project...so, I declare a new instance of the Error Handling class in each Form and Project,

    Private EH As New ErrorHandling.ErrorHandler

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however, in doing some testing, and I will use my DataLayer (a separate Project) as the example, I've noticed that whenever an exception occurs, I populate the EH.strRetVal (strRetVal is a public variable declared within my ErrorHandler) with the exception message but I don't pass it back because in the DataLayer, I'm passing back either a DataSet or DataTable. So in this case the exception goes unnoticed.

What I'm thinking is that if I change the signature of the function to return Object instead of DataSet/DataTable, how do I check the return value to see if it's an error message or a DataSet/DataTable?

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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)PresidentCommented:
You never use Object when you know what you need. Its prone to bugs, lowers performance, and requires casting for most uses.

Look at how the framework is built. It is always a good indication of what you should do. When an event or a method needs to return many values, they created a class with the necessary properties.

Simply create a small class that has a property for the DataSet/DataTable (which one?) and another for the message. Have the function return an object of this class, so both informations will be available.
BlakeMcKennaAuthor Commented:
What about just creating a DataSet/DataTable property and an Integer property in the ErrorHandling class?
BlakeMcKennaAuthor Commented:
I went ahead and added 3 properties to my ErrorHandling Class. But now, I'm not sure what my signature should look like in the called routine.
BlakeMcKennaAuthor Commented:
Thanks James...that gave me some ideas!
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