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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Should all public API POCO value-type properties be nullables?

I use nullable value types a lot when designing classes that have properties which may remain null, i.e. when the object is being persisted. For example: public int? MyProperty { get; set; } My ...
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Relationship between C#, .NET, ASP, ASP.NET etc

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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How much physical memory is consumed by the stack of a .NET thread?

In Stephen Cleary's article in MSDN magazine "Introduction to Async/Await on ASP.NET" he says that "every thread pool thread on a modern OS has a 1MB stack." (modern OS == Windows 7/8 for this ...
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.NET software design and Oracle ODP.NET UDT

I'm working on a new common .NET software design (mainly) for WCF-based web service applications with related client frontends (all written in C#). As far I've chosen some frameworks ...
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Injecting data processing logic into class

I want find more elegant and appreciate way to inject processors into CommandProcessorDispatcher class. Or it can be another one solution (the goal is separate each command processing logic to ...
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Exception handling and 3rd party library

I'm currently having an issue with a 3rd party control library provider. They have an exception occulting culture that gets in the way of my general fail-fast approach when developing software. An ...
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Is there a supported way to run .NET 4.0 applications natively on a Mac?

What, if any, are the Microsoft supported options for running C#/.NET 4.0 code natively on the Mac? Yes, I know about Mono, but among other things, it lags Microsoft. And Silverlight only works in a ...
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How to save complex data to file/disk?

I am working on a side project for a small business owner (my father) and part of the requirements for the application include saving customer and job related data in a way that it can easily be ...
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Should the expected value be hard-coded into the Assert

My own personal preference would be to use a variable, but maybe there are reasons against this? I haven't been able to find any resources that state the pros or cons of using one of these over the ...
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What are good ways of balancing informative exceptions and clean code?

With our public SDK, we tend to want to give very informative messages about why an exception occurs. For example: if (interfaceInstance == null) { string errMsg = string.Format( ...
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Reading large files for ETL program POC

I'm looking for some information on how to increase the performance of reading large text files for use in an ETL process. We're currently using a proprietary program that is more of a scripting ...
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Avoiding closures

I have a data structure in the form of a tree. Each node represents a cardboard box. The boxes can contain child boxes. public class CardboardBox { public int Id {get; set;} public int ...
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Using Visual Studio with a screen reader without paying for an expensive edition [closed]

I'm a totally blind programmer who would like to learn .net. It appears that the Visual Studio express editions are not accessible since the scripts that come with Jaws for Windows, the screen ...
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Repository Pattern: Doctrine2 vs Microsoft Entity Framework?

I have been using Symfony2 with Doctrine2 for some years. I have recently started using Microsoft's Entity Framework with MVC5. From my Symfony2 experience I understand that a repository's job is only ...
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How to store users' info in network app?

I'm currently working on a school project that aims at creating a P2P chat client for users on the same network. For now, it will only be used by users on the same LAN network. But hopefully,I will to ...
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Single instance of windows service querying multiple databases

My current situation is that we have four instances of a single windows service running on the server, for production, demo, QA and dev. I am looking for a solution where I just need to run single ...
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WCF Project Structure & Maintainability

We are working on a medium scale WCF project configured to use per call instancing and wondering weather it's a good practice to create classes per service method to hold the business logic since each ...
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Are there well-known PowerShell coding conventions?

Are there any well-defined conventions when programming in PowerShell? For example, in scripts which are to be maintained long-term, do we need to: Use the real cmdlet name or alias? Specify the ...
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What do you do when a client requires Rich Text Editing on their website?

As we all know by now, XSS attacks are dangerous and really easy to pull off. Various frameworks make it easy to encode HTML, like ASP.NET MVC does: <%= Html.Encode("string"); %> But what ...
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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: ...
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What is the best way to structure and name files which contain generic classes with the same name?

In my current project I have come across the requirement to create generic classes with the same name, but different numbers of generic parameters. For example: MyClass<T1> MyClass<T1, ...
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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 should nodes in a chain be connected?

Suppose you were building a system that receives data on one end and sends filtered data on the other end. The system is a chain of nodes, each receiving data from the node before and sending ...
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What changes in .NET software architecture have taken place in the past couple of years?

I've been away from hands on development work for the past couple of years and focusing more on delivery management. I'm looking to get a couple of new projects ASP.NET MVC apps off the group and I'm ...
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Implementing Continuous Integration with a volatile hierarchy of library dependencies

Recently my company setup a build server using Bamboo and a private Nuget Feed which is populated by the successful builds being deployed from the build server. There is a hierarchy of projects under ...
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Is there actually an advantage to using Win API calls for file access?

I remember coding file access using the Win API about 15 years ago. It was much faster than using the FileStream of my language at the time (Delphi). I spent a while today experimenting in C# under ...
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.NET WCF: Persistent connection or Open/Close as needed?

I have a .NET WCF web service currently running in production right now. I would say 95% of the time it works flawlessly and as intended. However; there are times when I am throwing an exception that ...
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Switch Configuration of Several .Net Programs for Several Sections in a Simple Way

We build a highly configurable .Net Client/Server application. (Client is C#/WPF, Server is C#/WebService) There is a single code base, but each customer has its own 'profile'. The profile ...
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How to write unit tests for a piece of code that has a data context?

I am new to unit testing and using Microsoft's unit testing library for following piece of code. When I execute the code normally it executes fine, however when I run unit test written for this code I ...
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PHP and performance

I always hear that PHP is for medium and small websites whereas .NET and Java for enterprise applications. My question is about PHP. Why is PHP not a good option for enterprise web applications? Is it ...
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How to differentiate between exceptions coming from system and business logic?

I would like to differentiate between exceptions coming from business logic like requested database record does not exist attempt to store invalid business data (validation failed) provided CSV file ...
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Is throwing an exception from a property bad form?

I've always been of the mindset that properties (ie, their set/get operations) should be fast/immediate and failure-free. You should never have to try/catch around getting or setting a property. But ...
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Using struct to enforce validation of built-in type

Commonly domain objects have properties which can be represented by a built-in type but whose valid values are a subset of the values which may be represented by that type. In these cases, the value ...
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What are the most common ways used to migrate a Delphi application incrementally to .NET?

If you have several million lines of Delphi code and want to incrementally migrate to .NET/C#, what strategy would you use?
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Is a DLL developed in .NET is accessible from any language or operating system?

I am creating a DLL that I want to distribute to public to use it the way they want. This DLL contains common utility functions. People can use it on any operating system and with any language or ...
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How to process document state transition?

Imagine there is an application (ASP.NET MVC) that processes some documents. The document must be revised several times by different group of users. state/role rules: simple user can only publish ...
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Why isn't anyone talking about parallel compilation for .Net?

Builds are slow and take time. We can get MSBuild to parallelize them, but only on a single machine, not across a cluster. Why hasn't anyone come up with clustered build solutions in the .Net space? I ...
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Tracing and Logging per item instead of per application

I'm building a service in .NET that process "things" in the background and I'd like to trace the execution of these things per item, not per application. Most logging frameworks (I'm familiar with ...
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Separate methods or single method with if statement?

I'm working on a .NET application and I'm wondering if I should use separate methods to handle the click events of two different buttons. They essentially do the same thing, just on different objects ...
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More than 20 Records Inserted in a Span of 1 Sec

Well, this is not specific to any programming languages. I came across this situation in Android, iOS, PHP and .NET. The problem is many times I come across a situation while building IoT apps, where ...
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ASP.NET MVC should I reference the DAL from the UI?

I am developing an ASP.NET MVC application, and I have three projects: UI (with the system.web.mvc reference, BL and DAL references) BL (business facade and business objects) DAL (contains my ...
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Productivity using .Net WPF for large ERP (LOB) desktop applicatons ~1500 forms\dialogs [closed]

I am wondering if WPF will fit in my case: We want to refactor an old legacy application written in a 4GL language with about 1500 forms\dialogs. We want to do that in .Net (desktop application), now ...
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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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Is the ADO.net Entity Framework appropriate when all you do is insert records in bulk?

My department develops software to migrate databases for our customers from their old CRM software to ours. In this process we could be inserting up do millions of rows, processed one at a time as we ...
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Why does SortedDictionary not implement IReadOnlyDictionary?

The .NET type SortedDictionary<TKey, TValue> does not implement the interface IReadOnlyDictionary<TKey, TValue>, although Dictionary<TKey, TValue> does. It is trivial to make ...
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Under which circumstances does it make sense to lose track of where an exception was thrown from?

Is there any valid reason why a catch block on a lower layer would throw back an exception caused by a higher, unknown layer using the following syntax: throw ex; ... rather than: throw; ... ? ...
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Advice needed on rethrowing an exception

Consider the following c# code: public class ExceptionManager { public static void TreatException(Exception ex) { if (ShowAndContinue(ex)) // display a user-friendly ...
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What is the best and most optimized way to return a filestream from a .NET WCF SOAP service?

To give some background, i have a WCF SOAP service in .NET that needs to return pdf files. This service will be used by multiple application, many times in a day. The size of the files returned varies ...
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Speech Recognition in the .NET framework is not efficient [closed]

I want to create a Virtual Keyboard that can catch whatever key you 'speak' and send the keystroke to the active application. The Virtual Keyboard part and linking it to Speech Recognition will be ...
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Organizing solution / project structure and classes for Line of Business Application (LOB)

The question how-do-you-organize-your-projects already has a few good answers. I would like to get a better understanding about this suggested structure: MyApp.Core MyApp.Model MyApp.Presenter ...