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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Use of FindWindow and window handles within a Windows service

I've got a third-party vendor who is installing a series of Windows services to a (Windows 2008 R2) server in my control. Whilst attempting to run each service under its own least-privilege account, ...
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Best way to define, start and stop threads in C#

I am making a little program, which have few Threads, constantly running. At some point, I may want to stop one of them, and then, after random period of time, to start it again. So first, what is the ...
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How do I find a good middle way to make this library safe for concurrent operations

I've made a little library called SignalR.EventAggregatorProxy Before I push it into 1.0 state I need to fix so it works safely with concurrent operations. Easiest way is lock all operations but ...
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Simple TimeZones

I need to send out emails based on a timestamp. But the timestamp must be what the user expects it to be. The timestamp is set by the user submitting an object. E.g Al from L.A in the U.S saves an ...
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How is CancellationToken.IsCancellationRequested updated?

I've been doing some refactoring today and I encountered one interesting thing. I've extracted a method from a code which uses a cancellation token passed to it in order to check if the user did not ...
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Is storing data that rarely changes in-memory a good candidate for a singleton/cache?

I have a class called DataPoint that is defined like the following. Currently, it goes through each property on an object and based on the DataPoint, it does some formatting like padding, trimming, ...
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Peculiar architecture interfacing .NET to AutoCAD out-of-process

I have written a set of classes to interact with AutoCAD from an out-of-process .NET assembly, but it seems like my class architecture and interactions are unusual. I am struggling to find a better ...
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When designing a data structure, should I implement very inefficient operations for convenience?

(I've added the .NET tags because the data structures are for .NET, and this question should be considered in the context of the conventions for that platform.) I'm writing a library of immutable and ...
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How much data from a web service should I expose in a library?

I'm working on a personal project, a library that can access the weather forecasts and other weather related data from it. However, a lot of the returned data is sometimes quite redundant or simply ...
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proper exception handling (throwing/message) dll libary

I just wrote a dll library using vb.net. while testing, i got an error which i did not initially use a try-catch block. The code is Try 'The first four bytes are for the Command ...
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Mixing REST and websocket in the same API

A bit of background first, I'm working on an application that manages a piece of physical equipment with motors, stuff like that. When I started on the project, there was an existing application, ...
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One dll or many? [duplicate]

I currently have one "library" dll that has one module for each topic: Text, Reflection, Security, Math, FileSystem, FTP, Mail, Serialization, etc. In each module are public helper methods that may ...
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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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Using and referencing external executables in a solution

I have an application written in AS3 which I need to be able to start up from my C# application. I have a prototype that does this just fine but my question is in relation to how I would arrange my ...
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What naming convention should you use for data objects solely meant for parameters

This is my pseudocode for DAL: CusOrderDTO GetCustomerOrder(DateTime OrderDate, string customerCode) CusOrderDTO orderSet = new CusOrderDTO() * query data from database, populate CusOrderDTO ...
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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 = ...
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3 tier architecture in .NET web applications

Nowadays most systems are designed as web apps. In the .NET world the famous three tier architecture is usually translated like this. Front End (Web Application) Middle Tier (custom DLLs using an ...
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Create the fields in class level then instantiate inside methods or create and instantiated inside methods

I'm a newbie in software development. Just wondering which code is better and why should I continue which pattern should I follow. First Snippet: Class TestClass { private Object1 field = null; ...
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Multiple applications in a single Visual Studio solution [closed]

I am doing work for a company that is wanting to put all their .Net applications (web applications, Windows applications and console applications) together in a single Visual Studio solution. I am ...
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Reducing the complexity of over-designed code

I have just started working at a company where I have inherited a C# codebase from a previous developer. I know programming well, have an engineering degree + an (unfinished, several year long) PhD ...
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Is the potential performance hit from LINQ worth it for improved readability? [closed]

We are considering using LINQ (to Objects) in our (commercial grade) projects where performance may be an issue. I have heard it may impact performance, but then the code is so much more readable and ...
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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 ...