Steps to Reduce Code Size after Use of Strategy Pattern

This article features a few tricks to reduce the size of the code resulting from the use of the ‘strategy’ pattern. As you can deduce from the title, all these tricks will be related to the usage of generic types.

1. Hierarchy of classes involved in magic rituals

Suppose we have an abstract ‘vehicle’ class that can move (the Move method). This class has 3 descendants: a car, a plane, and a rickshaw. Each of them implements the method in its own way: (more…)

Indicators of Problem Design

The concept of good or bad design is relative. At the same time, there are some programming standards, which in most cases guarantee effectiveness, maintainability, and testability. For example, in object-oriented languages, this is the use of encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. There is a set of design patterns that in a number of cases have a positive or negative effect on the application design depending on the situation. On the other hand, there are opposites, following which sometimes leads to the problem design.


Sliding Responsibility of the Repository Pattern

During numerous discussions about the applicability of the Repository pattern, I noticed that people are divided into two groups. In this article, I will call them abstractionists and concretists. The difference between them is in the way they treat the pattern value. The former believe that a repository is worthwhile, as it allows disregarding details of data storing. The latter suppose there is no way to disregard these details, therefore, the concept of repository makes no sense and its usage is a waste of time. The dispute between these two groups usually turns into a Holy War. (more…)

Events and Threads in .NET

I’d like to tell you straight off that this article will concern not threads in particular, but events in the context of threads in .NET.  So, I won’t try arranging threads correctly (with all blocks, callbacks, canceling, etc.) There are many articles on this subject.

All examples are written in C# for the framework version 4.0 (in 4.6, everything is slightly easier, but still, there are many projects in 4.0). I will also try to stick to C# version 5.0.

Firstly, I’d like to note that there are ready delegates for the .Net event system that I highly recommend to use instead of inventing something new. For example, I frequently faced the following 2 methods for organizing events. (more…)

Introducing Common Table Expressions in SQL Server

Common Table Expressions, or CTE for short, is simply a technique to create a temporary set of records that can be referenced within an INSERT, SELECT, UPDATE or DELETE statement.

Common table expressions were introduced by Microsoft in SQL Server 2005. They are not stored as objects in the database memory as their lifespan is equal to the execution time of the query. As soon as a query completes they are removed from the database memory. CTE can be referenced in a query as many times as you want and they can also be self-referencing.


Swashbuckle (Swagger) Customization for WebAPI

Who has ever tested their WebAPI knows such tools as Postman or Advanced REST (extensions for Chrome). These tools are convenient in every way, except that they are not able to recognize which models the API accepts, which ones it returns and do not provide information about all possible endpoints. The Swashbuckle package solves this disadvantage. It builds Swagger specification generation and UI in the project. In this article, I will briefly describe how to bind it to the project and provide some details about authorization and work with “overloaded” endpoints.


DateTime to DateTimeOffset Transition

Imagine that you want to convert your system from one state to another. The initial state is when DateTime is used everywhere, both in C# code and in the database. The final state is when DateTimeOffset is used everywhere. You want to make the transition smooth and make as few changes as possible. This description can be the beginning of a very interesting problem with a dead end at the end.


Simplifying Converters for WPF

I have been working with WPF for about a year and some things annoying me very much. One of such things is converters. Why do I need to declare the implementation of a dubiously looking interface somewhere at the deep of a project and then search for it through CTRL + F by name when it is needed?

Well, it’s time to make a little easier on the routine of creating and using the converters. (more…)