Modular WPF application using Caliburn.Micro and Castle.Windsor

To start with, I want to specify what is meant by a modular application in this article. So, a modular application will be considered an application, which consists of the so-called shell and a set of plug-in modules. There is no direct dependence between them, only via contracts. This allows independently modify each of the components, change their contents, etc. I think everyone knows the advantages of modular architecture.

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Synchronizing database structure between applications

Anyone who has ever developed applications that use a database has probably faced the problem of updating the database structure when the application is deployed and updated.

The most common approach is to create a set of SQL scripts to modify the database structure from version to version. Of course, there are paid tools, but they do not always solve the problem of full automation of the update.

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Drilling Down the Visitor Pattern


Recently, I have often had to use the well-known Visitor pattern. I used to ignore this pattern and thought that it simply complicates the code. In this article, I will share my thoughts about this pattern. We will talk about pros and cons, as well as what tasks it helps to solve and how to simplify its use. The code will be in C#.

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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. Read More

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.

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Type Conversion in .NET

Introduction

Such a simple topic as type conversion would seem to be unworthy of the whole article. In C#, there is a suitable operator “(T)value” and types that implement it. So, this topic may be considered as closed. However, for 14 years of .NET existence, BCL developers and other programmers have come up with other four ways to convert value types.

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