The type or namespace name 'Data' does not exist in the namespace


In this post we will see how to fix the exceptions like this which hapens even after adding proper dll(s). Here in this post we will see how to fix exception, “The type or namespace name Data does not exist in the namespace Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary (are you missing an assembly reference?)”


I was working on a project when I encountered one exception which was The type or namespace name ‘Data’ does not exist in the namespace ‘Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary’ (are you missing an assembly reference?)

I added the proper dll reference but still I was getting this compilation error. I was wondering what is going wrong. I tried to browse the class inside this dll using object browser. I was able to find classes inside this dll. I tried to create an object of the class which was inside the dll; I was able to create the object while I was writing the code. When i build it, it again failed.

  • Added Proper dll reference but compilation fails.
  • Exception the type or namespace name ‘Data’ does not exist in the namespace even after adding proper dll references.

How did I fix this exception

Finally when I check the project configuration, I was running .Net Framework 4.0 Client Profile. I made it to .Net Framework 4.0 and everything worked perfectly.

The .NET Framework 4 Client Profile is a subset of the .NET Framework 4 which is optimized for client applications. It provides functionality for most client applications, including Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Forms, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and ClickOnce features. This enables faster deployment and a smaller install package for applications that target the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile. If you are targeting the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile, you cannot reference an assembly that is not in the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile. Instead you must target the .NET Framework 4. This is what happening in my case. :)

To change the Target Framework, Go to your project in the solution and right click on the project and select properties. In the window that comes up, select the Application tab. There you can see the Target Framework section. Select the .Net Framework 4 instead of .Net Framework Client Profile. :)

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Libish Varghese Jacob

Libish Varghese JacobI am currently working as a lead engineer in one of the leading wind turbine manufacturing firm. I have wide range of interests and getting my hands dirty in technology is one among them. I use this platform primarily as my knowledge base. I also use this platform to share my experience and experiments so that it might help someone who is walking the way I already did. The suggestions expressed here are the best to my knowledge at the time of writing and this may not necessarily be the best possible solution. I would pretty much appreciate if you could comment on it to bring into my notice on what could have been done better.