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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Step-by-step functional testing automation

I have a basic class in C# from which I create inherited classes for databinding scenarios. You can think of it as a substitute for .NET's DataRow class. I want to automate testing of a typical row's ...
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Creating an interface just to decouple from third party libraries

I'm currently developing the Authorization module on a framework of mine. I have the following class so far: public interface IAuthorizationManager<C> where C : ...
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Rich client persistence without a database

We have a pretty sizable .NET rich client app that currently uses nHibernate and Firebird embedded for persistence. Due to the nature of the app, we need to load the entire database into memory when ...
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Best approach for a server configuration data collection and reporting solution from a legacy script?

I have a project which involves collecting config data from windows servers in our (very large) server estate. My manager wants me to collect over 150 data items across all configuration areas ...
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Separation of retrieving data and business objects between DAL and BLL Layers

I did some research before posting this question. Among other questions or post, one of those is provided below. I could not get a clear mind how to determine.. Business Objects within a Data Access ...
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Class to manage EEProm Memory for microcontroller in .netMF

I've got a working driver to access the EEPROM chip, but looking for much better management and access of the memory. I've been racking my brain about what's the best or correct approach to do this. ...
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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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Design: .NET web app architecture problem

I'm taking my first foray into .NET and I'm designing a web app that's heavy on other web services right now. I'm intending to do the following: Take user input (a USDOT number) Request data from a ...
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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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Inheriting and storing objects that contain different types of other objects

To start off, this is more of a best-practice question than anything. Introduction to the Environment I have myself an abstract class. Let's call this class Item. I also have another abstract class, ...
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Throwing an exception from a Dispose() method? [closed]

Does a Dispose() method that can throw an exception violate any official rules or guidelines?
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can you have too many dto/bo - mapping method

I have a windows service, 2 web services and a web interface that need to follow the same path (data wise). So I came up with two ways of creating my solution. My concern is the fact that the ...
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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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What does “Stateful” means in Stateful ViewModel in MVVM

I was reading about some XAML patterns, and there was the Stateful ViewModel, according to what I read it has nothing different than what we as just the "ViewModel". Here's a description for example ...
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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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C#/.NET multithreaded application design

The application to be designed serves as a bridge between two different systems. One natively speaks TCP (RS232 actually, but there's a COM->ETH server in the line of communication) - the other one is ...
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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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If C# properties are just syntactic sugar for methods, why is it so hard for the C# team to add extension properties?

Extension methods already exist... surely extension properties would be simple wrappers for extension methods? Someone explain this to me; I'm genuinely curious...
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Should a domain object wrap/contain a DTO interface?

Using .NET - I have an interface IPerson. This interface is implemented by classes in multiple, separate repositories, e.g. EF6 (EfPerson), custom SQL (SqlPerson), or even custom assembly connecting ...
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Strategies to analyze collected exceptions

We want to add error feedback to our application. I had a look at existing solutions (e.g. raygun.io), but these work "in the cloud", which is a no-go for us: most installations of our application ...
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Access modifier of abstract class constructors

What access modifier should I use for my constructors in an abstract class, given that the class cannot be instantiated? It seems like the access modifier is superfluous and should be implicitly ...
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Does LINQ require significantly more processing cycles and memory than lower-level data iteration techniques?

Background I am recently in the process of enduring grueling tech interviews for positions that use the .NET stack, some of which include silly questions like this one, and some questions that are ...
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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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Client-Side JavaScript Business Logic in .Net Solution Stack

Fellow developers on other teams I interface with seemingly question my judgement calls as they pertain to the placement of coded business logic in a .Net MVC/Knockout web application currently under ...
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Where to create a file in WPF/MVVM

I'm building a WPF/MVVM application that takes input from the user and generates an output document which it saves in a temporary folder and opens for display in the native application (e.g. MS Word). ...
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Mixing reactive programming with non-reactive return requirements

Variable context from an initial non-reactive caller The whole application cannot be reactive i.e. this method needs to return a result here public string GetTextOfInterest() { var ...
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Documenting MVC JSON API

I've got an MVC5 application that we're using an a JSON API for various clients (mobile apps, other web applications, etc.) as well as a traditional web application. Controller actions that return ...
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Using Statement lambda in exception handling

Following is a code snippet from MVP Win Forms application and this explanation would be helpful when answering the questions. My DAL doesn't handle exceptions and it will be propagated up to the ...
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What's the correct way to architect multiple ASP.NET MVC applications dealing with similar data?

I am currently working to replace a bunch of legacy applications. The first one is getting close to being released, which will mean I will be starting the second one. Each application deals with a ...
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Clarification about Event Producer in StreamInsight

I need a small clarification about StreamInsight, I know by doc's that StreamInsight can handle multiple concurrent Events. But will the event producer be a separate function, for ex: I need to watch ...
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SQL - Designing a Threshold value table

I need to design an SQL table to be used for "threshold" or special values, which in general would have the following properties: - key - value - comparer (less than and greater than as a start, ...
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Server and Client apps that will send files and other info to each other

I am trying to do a Server and Client programs, that will communicate with each other, but I can't figure out the best way to do it, so let me explain what I need: The Server app should be able to ...
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Design Pattern - DLL per Strategy

I usually found myself designing my application in the following way: One DLL containing interfaces for a desired subsystem. For example, Company.Framework.Persistence.dll. One new DLL per each ...
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Why does a custom action filter need to inherit from both ActionFilterAttribute and IActionFilter?

I m first time creating a custom action filter and following this link http://www.asp.net/mvc/overview/older-versions/hands-on-labs/aspnet-mvc-4-custom-action-filters They are saying to Extend ...
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Save flags in an int32 [closed]

Unity3d PlayerPrefs only allow saving certain types - string, float, and int32. Since int is composed of 32 bits, it should be able to store 32 flags or a bool[] of length 32. So far, I've thought ...
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Environment-aware Code

There are situations where the deployed environment (development, test, or production, for example) might dictate the outcome of certain actions. For example, perhaps a successful "user registration" ...
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.NET solution dependency workflow for a small dev team

We have a team of 5 developers working on a product and are at a crossroads trying to determine a better way (if one exists) of managing development workflow and project dependencies. We currently ...
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Call method in a disposable object at the beginning of a “using” statement

When we use the lock statement, it is essentially doing a Monitor.Enter at the beginning of the locking block and a Monitor.Exit at the end of the block. This process is automatically handled by the ...
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Was .NET's IObserver<T> intended for subscribing to multiple IObservables?

There are IObservable and IObserver interfaces in .NET (also here and here). Interestingly, the concrete implementation of the IObserver does not hold a direct reference to the IObservable. It ...
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Why is it recommended to close all programs before installing a new program?

What kind of problems arise from installing a new program while other programs are running? I'd imagine the GAC solved a lot of the old problems of shared dll's being locked. So what kind of issues ...
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What's the idea behind naming classes with “Info” suffix, for example: “SomeClass” and “SomeClassInfo”?

I'm working in a project which deals with physical devices, and I've been confused as how to properly name some classes in this project. Considering the actual devices (sensors and receivers) are one ...
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Multithreaded file copy

There is an utility we have which is used to upload files (and perform other operations on the file) to a network shared location. The file size tends to vary from a few mb to 500 mb. A suggestion has ...
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How to optimize the application with huge number of database requests per minute

I have to provide free demo of some service to end users in my application. Free demo could be of 30 mins, 1 hours, 5 hours etc. (predefined time) for a new user for one time only. User can also ...
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Tracing an object

Suppose I want an object with a list of strings and every method that this object gets passed to adds its name to the list of strings. Basically it's a stack trace, except unlike a stack trace it ...
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Why is iterating through List<T> more expensive than iterating through Array in .NET?

According to the answers in this post, List<T> is backed by an Array. According to this article, list iteration is considerably slower than array iteration. If Lists are arrays 'under the ...
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How do you find out what resources are unmanaged?

Looking through the .NET documentation, specifically the WebRequest class, I don't see any information indicating that I should wrap an instantiation of it in a using statement. Even the provided ...
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Cons of using unconstrained frameworks for unit testing

It's very easy to write unit tests for legacy code using unconstrained frameworks, such as TypeMock Isolator. But what about writing unit tests for newly written code? Is it a good practice to use an ...
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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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Does F# require .NET runtime and libraries to run?

Does F# like C# requires .NET framework to run? According to Wikipedia as stated below, F# is mostly used as a CLI language which means that it is used mostly with .NET. But it also states that the F# ...
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Is my usage of explicit casting operator reasonable or a bad hack?

I have a big object: class BigObject{ public int Id {get;set;} public string FieldA {get;set;} // ... public string FieldZ {get;set;} } and a specialized, DTO-like object: class ...