A number of provider classes are provided by the Microsoft .Net platform. Sometimes it is useful to understand the logic behind these provider classes in order to understand the implemented framework. Here is an article that went back all the way to .Net Framework 1.1 when the Provider classes were being mooted out, which gives a good feel about the thinking behind these classes and the way they were implemented.
Here is an example of a Provider class that is commonly used in .Net website.
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