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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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 ...
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What does Windows 8 mean for the future of .NET? [closed]

Microsoft showed off a demo of Windows 8, including a new platform that allows developers to use HTML5 and JavaScript. Is this new platform the main way to develop for Windows 8? Is Microsoft ...
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How would I design an interface such that it's clear which properties may change their value, and which will remain constant?

I am having a design issue regarding .NET properties. interface IX { Guid Id { get; } bool IsInvalidated { get; } void Invalidate(); } Problem: This interface has two read-only ...
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Dependency injection with n-tier Entity Framework solution

I am currently designing an n-tier solution which is using Entity Framework 5 (.net 4) as its data access strategy, but am concerned about how to incorporate dependency injection to make it testable / ...
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JQuery / JSON + .Net Service Layer - to WCF or Not to WCF?

I Recently had a discussion with a colleague of mine about the pros / cons of WCF. He mentioned about how much code is generated to support WCF, and also the overhead required. It was mentioned that a ...
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Design Methodology for Developing Interoperable Systems?

A bit of background The company I work for has been creating database applications since around 1980 and, until relatively recently, most of these systems have been stand-alone "silo" systems. ...
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C# .NET MVVM software architecture and naming conventions

I am currently working on a software using C# .NET and WPF with the MVVM pattern. Though the software is almost done, I have been discussing our architecture for a long time and I would like to get ...
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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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Why all classes in .NET globally inherits from Object class?

Its very interesting for me which advantages gives "global root class" approach for framework. In simple words what reasons resulted the .NET framework was designed to have one root object class with ...
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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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What are ways I can speed of development time when building applications? [closed]

I noticed that overtime with experience that the curve of learning shifts from trying to learn a language or technology (the way it works) to how to develop applications faster and with less code. I ...
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Is function memoization really only for primitives?

I was thinking about this for quite some time. Is function memoization really only for primitives? I currently have this piece of code: Public Shared Function Mize(Of TArg1 As Structure, TResult)(...
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Is it practical to retroactively write specifications documenting a system via automated acceptance tests?

If a project was coded without much (or any) formal documentation and is without unit tests, does it make any sense to use tools like Fitnesse and SpecFlow to write automated acceptance tests as the ...
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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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async+await == sync?

Stumbled upon this post that talks about making async web requests. Now simplicity aside, if in real world, all you do is make an async request and wait for it in the very next line, isn't that the ...
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Best practice with branching source code and application lifecycle

We are a small ISV shop and we usually ship a new version of our products every month. We use Subversion as our code repository and Visual Studio 2010 as our IDE. I am aware a lot of people are ...
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What's the reasoning behind the “I” prefix naming convention for interfaces in .NET?

I know the "I" convention has been around since COM, but I've never understood why it hasn't been reconsidered like every other naming convention before .NET has. Consumption wise, the only thing ...
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Is there a proper way to create a file format?

I'm building a proprietary file format for an application I wrote in C# .NET to store save information and perhaps down the line project assets. Is there a standard on how to do this in any way? I was ...
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Why do we have so many flavors of .NET? Is it a good thing? [closed]

There are many "flavors" of the .NET Framework: Full ("normal") Client profile subset Silverlight in web browsers "Silverlight" on Windows Phone Compact framework WinRT When C# code is needed on a ...
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n-layers architecture design, really worth the effort?

I was building an application in .Net for almost a year (almost alone), I took the decision to build it with a 3-layer design. Recently when finished the project, I analyzed if the effort of creating ...
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Switch to Java? [closed]

I have been doing .NET and MS tech/arcitecture for 4+ years. I have reached a dead end in my current job and is considering moving to a new job. Most of the current available jobs in my city are Java ...
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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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Is it common to use partial classes to achieve 'modularity'?

I recently encountered a situation in our codebase where a different team created a 'god class' containing around 800 methods, split across 135 files as a partial class. I asked the other team about ...
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Virtualized Development Environments in Enterprise Networks

We are attempting to implement a development environment using virtualization for a small team of 4 developers within an enterprise organization. This would allow us to set up separate development, ...
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Use of NotImplementedException

Is it considered bad practice to throw NotImplementedException for code you haven't written yet? Possibly TODO comments would be considered safer?
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Which is more maintainable — boolean assignment via if/else or boolean expression?

Which would be considered more maintainable? if (a == b) c = true; else c = false; or c = (a == b); I've tried looking in Code Complete, but can't find an answer. I think the first is more ...
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How to share methods and properties between custom web controls

I'm building some custom web controls in .NET using C#. The controls inherit from the standard web controls, and add additional properties and functionality (e.g. I'm creating an 'extendedTextBox' ...
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In the context of semantic versioning, does a change in the default configuration warrant a new major version?

My module is enabled by default (i.e. when you add the module). There's also a configuration you can optionally use, which supports an enabled="true|false" setting. This way the module can be disabled ...
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How do I get people to contribute ideas for my .NET library?

I maintain a LGPL library for rapid development of large scale .NET applications, It's a general purpose class library containing functionalities that are used at the DAL and BLL level. So, in ...
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How do we isolate dependencies for a .Net app deploy in a way which is safe for a strongly-named assemblies?

To design in such that it is easy to deploy dependencies with your app, and so that development environments are easy to set up, it is advantageous to isolate an app's dependencies from it's ...
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Distributed long-running jobs

Scenario Various types of files containing customer's data are being uploaded via FTP, and a POST is being made to a REST API to update a database table, which tells the system (a web app) which of ...
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How do you handle time series .Net?

I have been looking for Time Series models over in SO, but I figured this place was the best site to actually ask the question. I am wondering what is the "best" way to handle Time Series in .Net. ...
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The most effective arguments in favor of improving code quality, for a manager [closed]

My employer's legacy system started off (in 1997) as very structured procedural code (with a smidgeon of OO), and it was luckily one of the 10% of software projects that was successful. It may look a ...
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What is the advantage of a programmers VM apart from portability [duplicate]

I can understand the benefits of Java running on a JVM. Portability. Nice simple reason. But I have always been puzzled as to why Microsoft brought out their own version of a JVM - .NET. C# is ...
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Pre-processor usage to separate logic to different versions of product

In the .NET code base of a product, there are #if pre-processor statements to define whether certain functionality should be available. Like so: shared logic #if version1 some logic #endif #if ...
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Pattern for multiple datasources

I've already read this question on CodeReview. I was hoping for general advice. I'm writing a service which will go to numerous data sources. Each source requires getting copious amounts of data ...
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Approach of delivering “Logging API”

I faced a question in a .NET interview. As a client i need a LoggingAPI. How you go the approach of design and development and delivering Logging API to the client? I don't care about WPF or a ...
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In Windows 8 will it be possible to use WCF in conjunction with HTML5/JS?

Correct me if I'm wrong but I've heard that communicating with a database in Windows 8 will more than likely be done with WCF when working with C#/XAML. If this is true then will this also be the ...
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embedding programming languages into other languages [duplicate]

In C/C++, there is a keyword that allows you to enter assembly language directly into a method. Example int Main() { __asm // notify the compiler that this block is assembly language. { ...
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Anemic domain models - what sort of methods a domain object might need?

This question might seem strange, but it's something I've faced sometimes. I've been trying to adopt DDD, however I'm always facing the problem of anemic domain models. The problem is that when I ...