Functional F# that slowly appears in C#

For some reason, we often do not use this functionality. Maybe we haven’t got used to it yet. And sometimes we use it, having no idea that this is the functionality from F#.

Before reviewing it, let’s quickly run through the most interesting features that appeared in different versions of the language. Note that each time a new version of the language comes out with a new version of Visual Studio. For someone, this may be obvious, but even for developers who have worked with C# for several years, this may turn out to be a piece of news (not everyone takes notice of it).

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Resource Release in .NET Applications

In C#, there is one huge benefit, which is a drawback at the same time – an automatic garbage collection. With traditional desktop applications, this is great when a platform cleans up the whole garbage and releases memory. However, it is not always good for Web.

When we develop a Web application, Web-requests are mainly short; our code must perform small tasks and work very quickly. If we do not help a garbage collector, the server resources can exhaust in no time.

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Using Expressions to Filter Data of Database

I would like to start with a description of the problem that I encountered. There are entities in the database that need to be displayed as tables on the UI. The Entity Framework is used to access the database. There are filters for these table columns.

It is necessary to write a code to filter entities by parameters.

For example, there are two entities: User and Product.

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What dangers can the update of .Net 4.6.1 to .Net 4.6.2 hide?

In this article, I would like to share a solution of unexpected problem occurred in one of the projects I am currently working on.

What dangers can the update of .Net 4.6.1 to .Net 4.6.2 hide? I thought that to avoid serious issues during the update to a minor version, it was enough to read the release notes. However, it turned out that Microsoft can make interesting and entertaining changes beyond release notes that can divert you on soulful summer nights and days off.

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Configuration Comparison of Dependency Injection Containers (IOC)

I have often questioned myself which IoC container would be suitable for this or that project best. Their performance is only one side of the coin. The other side of the coin is the simplicity and speed of learning. So, I decided to compare the following containers from this point of view: Autofac, Simple Injector, StructureMap, Ninject, Unity, and Castle Windsor. In my opinion, these are the most popular IoC containers. You can find some of them in the list of the top 20 NuGet IoC packages. Also, I added a few containers based on my personal preferences. I really like Autofac and when writing this article I was reinforced in my choice in most of the cases.

In this article, I will describe the basics of the IoC containers, such as configuration and logging of components. I also want to compare the management of lifetime scope and advanced features. Code examples can be found in the LifetimeScopesExamples GitHub repository.

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Another Way to Localize Application

I would like to introduce a simple way to localize applications. I do not like the standard mechanism with resource assemblies for the following reasons:

  1. When receiving a value of a localized string in the code, I would like to rely on OOP and compiler prompts. It is very unpleasant to generate a project on Friday evening, and on Saturday morning, to get a call from QAs working overtime that someone inattentive wrote GetResource (“asdf”) instead of GetResource (“assf”). Thus, now something crashes or is displayed incorrectly. In addition, the project is to be “put to print” on Monday… (more…)

GitHub for Windows Users

If your project is stored only on your disk, then you are in for trouble when the disk fails. Even a regular backup will not always save you.

Some developers make so much mess in the project and hardly remember what and where was done.

The version control system will help you avoid these problems. If necessary, you can restore or rollback changes, view, confirm or cancel edits. Well, teamwork without a version control system is simply impossible.

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Entity Framework: (anti)pattern Repository

A Repository mediates between the domain and data mapping layers, acting like an in-memory domain object collection. Client objects construct query specifications declaratively and submit them to Repository for satisfaction.

Entity Framework provides us with the actual implementation of the Repository patterns: DbSet<T> and UnitOfWork: DbContext. I often see colleagues using in projects their own implementation of repositories on top of the ones existing in Entity Framework.

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