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The .NET Framework is a software framework for Microsoft Windows operating systems. It includes an implementation of the Base Class Library, Common Language Runtime, and Dynamic Language Runtime. It supports many programming languages, including C#, VB.NET, F# and C++.

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Mono is frequently used to say “Yes, .NET is cross-platform”. How valid is that claim? [closed]

In What would you choose for your project between .NET and Java at this point in time? I say that I would consider the "Will you always deploy to Windows?" the single most important technical decision ...
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SOLID Principles and code structure

At a recent job interview, I couldn't answer a question about SOLID -- beyond providing the basic meaning of the various principles. It really bugs me. I have done a couple of days worth of digging ...
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How do you organize your projects? [closed]

Do you have any particular style of organizing projects? For example, currently I'm creating a project for a couple of schools here in Bolivia, this is how I organized it: TutoMentor (Solution) ...
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Relationship between C#, .NET, ASP, ASP.NET etc [closed]

I'm really unclear on the difference between C#, C#.NET and the same for ASP and other '.NET' languages. From what I understand, .NET is a library/framework of... things. I think they're essentially ...
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Are bad programming practices typical within the software industry? [closed]

I just started my first job as a software developer over a month ago. Everything I have learned about OOP, SOLID, DRY, YAGNI, design patterns, SRP, etc. can be thrown out the window. They use C# .NET ...
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Effective Strategies for Localization in .NET [closed]

I am developing the UI for a .NET MVC application that will require international localization of all content in the near future. I am very familiar with .NET in general but have never had a project ...
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Return magic value, throw exception or return false on failure?

I sometimes end up having to write a method or property for a class library for which it is not exceptional to have no real answer, but a failure. Something cannot be determined, is not available, not ...
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When to go Fluent in C#?

In many respects I really like the idea of Fluent interfaces, but with all of the modern features of C# (initializers, lambdas, named parameters) I find myself thinking, "is it worth it?", and "Is ...
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My boss has a bad case of “Not Invented Here” [closed]

My department specializes in converting customer data into our database schema so that they can use our software. Right now, we have C# applications that take an IDataReader (99% of the time it is a ...
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Why is the use of abstractions (such as LINQ) so taboo? [closed]

I am an independent contractor and, as such, I interview 3-4 times a year for new gigs. I am in the midst of that cycle now and got turned down for an opportunity even though I felt like the ...
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Why use an OO approach instead of a giant “switch” statement?

I am working in a .Net, C# shop and I have a coworker that keeps insisting that we should use giant Switch statements in our code with lots of "Cases" rather than more object oriented approaches. His ...
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When to use weak references in .Net?

I have not personally come across a situation where I've needed to use WeakReference type in .Net, but the popular belief seems to be that it should be used in caches. Dr Jon Harrop gave a very good ...
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How to deal with fear of taking dependencies

The team I'm in creates components that can be used by the company's partners to integrate with our platform. As such, I agree we should take extreme care when introducing (third-party) dependencies. ...
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Why is 'void' not allowed as a generic type in C#

What were the design decisions that argued in favour of void not being constructable and not being allowed as a generic type? After all it is just a special empty struct and would have avoided the ...
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Best practices for logging and tracing in .NET

I've been reading a lot about tracing and logging, trying to find some golden rule for best practices in the matter, but there isn't any. People say that good programmers produce good tracing, but put ...
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I don't understand how TDD helps me get a good design if I need a design to start testing it

I'm trying to wrap my head around TDD, specifically the development part. I've looked at some books, but the ones I found mainly tackle the testing part - the History of NUnit, why testing is good, ...
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Why does the .Net world seem to embrace magic strings instead of staticly typed alternatives?

So, I work in .Net. I make open source projects in .Net. One of my biggest problems with it isn't necessariyl with .Net, but with the community and frameworks around it. It seems everywhere that ...
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As a C# developer, would you learn Java to develop for Android or use MonoDroid instead? [closed]

I'd consider myself pretty well versed in C#. It's my language of choice at the moment, and it's where basically all my professional experience lies. Still, I'm puzzled by the existence of the ...
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.NET Properties - Use Private Set or ReadOnly Property?

In what situation should I use a Private Set on a property versus making it a ReadOnly property? Take into consideration the two very simplistic examples below. First example: Public Class Person ...
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Is it unreasonable to expect Any() *not* to throw a null reference exception?

When you create an extension method you can, of course, call it on null.But, unlike an instance method call, calling it on null doesn't have to throw a NullReferenceException -> you have to check and ...
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Inverting an IF statement

So I've been programming for a few years now and recently have started using ReSharper more. One thing that ReSharper always suggests to me is to "invert 'if' statement to reduce nesting". Let's say ...
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Why doesn't “object reference not set to an instance of an object” tell us which object?

We're launching a system, and we sometimes get the famous exception NullReferenceException with the message Object reference not set to an instance of an object. However, in a method where we have ...
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Why would anyone invest time in Microsoft “Roslyn”?

I have just been reading through some of the white papers & examples from Microsoft "Roslyn" and the concept seems very interesting. From what I can tell, it opens up the black box that is the ...
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Why do .Net books talk about stack vs heap memory allocation?

It seems like every .net book talks about value types vs reference types and makes it a point to (often incorrectly) state where each type is stored - the heap or the stack. Usually it's in the first ...
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Is Linq having a mind-numbing effect on .NET programmers?

A lot of us started seeing this phenomenon with jQuery about a year ago when people started asking how to do absolutely insane things like retrieve the query string with jQuery. The difference ...
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Am I wrong in thinking that needing something like AutoMapper is an indication of poor design?

Automapper is an "object-object mapper" for .Net, which means copying objects from a class into another class that represents the same thing. Why is this ever useful? Is the duplication of classes ...
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Career advice: stay with PHP or start a new career in something else ( .Net?) [closed]

I'm planning on moving to NY in 6-12 months tops, so I'm forced to find a new job. When I'm planing to start my life in another city it's also probably a good time to think about career changes. I've ...
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S.O.L.I.D., avoiding anemic domains, dependency injection?

Although this could be a programming language agnostic question, I'm interested in answers targeting the .NET ecosystem. This is the scenario: suppose we need to develop a simple console application ...
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Why does F# have an interactive mode but not C#?

F# comes out of the box with an interactive REPL. C# has nothing of the sort and is in fact kinda difficult to play around without setting up a full project (though LINQpad works and its also possible ...
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What are the criteria for evaluating an ORM for.NET? [closed]

I'm looking at evaluating ORMs. I've used SubSonic, Linq-to-SQL and Entity Framework. I've got a team of developers ranging from juniors to seniors. What are the criterias for evaluating an ORM ...
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Dictionary vs List

So I ran into a Dictionary<int, int> today at work. This just seemed weird to me because I would have probably just used a List<int> instead. Is there a difference and would there be a use ...
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How to treat unhandled exceptions? (Terminate the application vs. Keep it alive)

What is best practice when a unhandled exceptions occurs in a desktop application? I was thinking about to show a message to the user, so that he can contact support. I would recommend to the user to ...
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Declaring interface in the same file as the base class, is it a good practice?

To be interchangable and testable, normally services with logic needs to have interface, e.g. public class FooService: IFooService { ... } Design-wise, I agree with this, but one of the things that ...
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Why was Scala not implemented with C or C++

Does anybody know why was Scala implemented in Java and .NET instead of C or C++? Most languages are implemented with Cor C++ [i.e Erlang, Python, PHP, Ruby, Perl]. What are the advantages for Scala ...
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How do I convince my team to use smaller classes/methods?

Disclaimer: I'm a newcomer (this is my third day of work), and most of my teammates are more experienced than me. When I look at our code, I see some code smells and bad engineering practices, like ...
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How much work should I place inside a lock statement?

I am a junior developer working on writing an update for software that receives data from a third-party solution, stores it in a database, and then conditions the data for use by another third-party ...
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Why after each restart, my local .NET sites take time to load for the first time? [closed]

I'm developing sites based on .NET platform. I usually deploy these sites on my local IIS, so that I can test them and see their functionality before going live. However, each time I restart windows, ...
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What's the best way to build a factory using NInject?

I am pretty comfortable with dependency injection using NInject in MVC3. While working in an MVC3 application, I developed a custom Controller Creation Factory using NInject, so any controller that is ...
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Is it worth even checking to see if Guid.NewGuid() is Guid.Empty?

In one of the projects I'm working on the following pattern is seen on a fairly regular basis: var guid = Guid.NewGuid().ToString(); while (guid == Guid.Empty.ToString()) { guid = Guid.NewGuid()....
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call a function and never wait for it in C#

I have a controller in my mvc4 web application in which there is an action that needs to call another function. What happens in that function i.e. the return value is not important for my action. How ...
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When and why to use Nested Classes?

Using Object Oriented Programming we have the power to create a class inside a class (a nested class), but I have never created a nested class in my 4 years of coding experience. What are nested ...
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How to properly structure a project in winform?

A while ago I started to create a winform application and at that time it was small and I did not give any thought of how to structure the project. Since then I added additional features as I needed ...
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What is the best unit test framework for .NET and why? [closed]

It seems to me that everyone uses NUnit without even considering the other options. I think this is because: Everyone is familiar with it already so they won't have to learn a new API. It is already ...
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What is the purpose of Code analysis and when do I need to use it?

I heard about Visual Studio's Code analysis but never used one. I've read MSDN, but still don't understand the real use of Code analysis. Isn't it the same as StyleCop? Somewhere, FxCop was also ...
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Why is there no generic implementation of OrderedDictionary in .net?

Why did Microsoft not provide generic implementation of OrderedDictionary? There are a few custom implementations I've seen, including: http://www.codeproject.com/KB/recipes/GenericOrderedDictionary....
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Moving from Winforms to WPF [closed]

I am a long time experienced Windows Forms developer, but now it's time to move to WPF because a new WPF project is comming soon to me and I have only a short lead time to prepare myself to learn WPF. ...
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Separating a “wad of stuff” utility project into individual components with “optional” dependencies

Over the years of using C#/.NET for a bunch of in-house projects, we've had one library grow organically into one huge wad of stuff. It's called "Util", and I'm sure many of you have seen one of these ...
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Best practices for moving large MS Access application towards .Net?

We have a really huge MS Access application developed in-house initially for our personal needs which then was turned into a commercial software and successfully sold. The software is a sort of "all-...
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MonoTouch vs Objective-C for iPhone/iPod/iPad development [closed]

For someone with .Net experience and wanting to develop for iPhone/iPod/iPad, is it worth learning Objective-C? Is MonoTouch a good alternative? What are some of the trade-offs when using MonoTouch vs ...
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Is C++.Net used extensively?

I am a C++ coder by tradition. Over the last 12 months or so I have been doing a lot of C# coding, and have been pleasantly surprised by C#'s pragmatic approach (once I stopped trying to code it as ...