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I am using Castle Windsor as my IoC container and I registered it as a DependencyResolver to let the MVC framework know about it.

With the Entity Framework I have this DbContext:

public class MyDbContext : DbContext
    public DbSet<User> Users { get; set; }

In Castle Windsor it is registered as per web request:

    Component.For<DbContext, MyDbContext>()

Because I don't have control over creating the MyMembershipProvider object, this object is created once per web application so it is not possible to inject DbContext directly, because it will be disposed when the web request ends. So I wrote this as a solution:

public interface IDoInContext<TContext>
    void DoInContext(Action<TContext> action);

public class DoInMyDbContext : IDoInContext<MyDbContext>
    IKernel _kernel;

    public DoInMyDbContext(IKernel kernel)
        _kernel = kernel;

    public void DoInContext(Action<MyDbContext> action)
        var context = _kernel.Resolve<MyDbContext>();

And I registered like this:


So now I can create a MyMembershipProvider which will be able to interact with the current and correct DbContext every time it needs.

public class MyMembershipProvider : MembershipProvider
    IDoInContext<MyContext> db;

    public MyMembershipProvider()
        : this(DependencyResolver.Current.GetService<IDoInContext<MyContext>>())
    { }

    public MyMembershipProvider(IDoInContext<MyContext> db)
        this.db = db;

    public override bool ValidateUser(string username, string password)
        bool result = false;
        db.DoInContext(x => {
            var encodedPassword = encodePassword(password);
            result = x.Users.Any(y => y.Login == username && 
                                      y.Password == encodedPassword);
        return result;


It seems to be stable and I can't see any memory leaks or any other problems. What do you think? Is the DoInContext(Action<TContext> action) thing any sort of pattern, anti-pattern or bad practice?

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Why exactly do you say the MyDbContext cannot be injected directly? I'm trying to see if I understand what you mean, so I could help you out. –  TopinFrassi Oct 7 at 12:36

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