C# Corner


Using LINQ to Express Intent

Use LINQ outside of databases to make your code easier to read and maintain.

C#: Interface-Based Programming

Interfaces can make your applications easier to test and maintain.

The Azure Factor

How factoring out common patterns in your Azure worker roles can improve development.

Looking Ahead to C# 4.0: Optional and Named Parameters

Optional and named parameters were added to the C# language for COM and Office interoperability, but these features are actually useful in a variety of ways.

Working Effectively with Exceptions

Exceptions are a way of life in the .NET world. You must follow the rules to make your classes easy to use for other developers. Conforming to the standards will make everyone's life easier.

Generic Covariance and Contravariance in C# 4.0

Covariance and contravariance are precise terms that describe which conversions are safe on parameters and return types. Learn practical definitions for those terms, what new constructs will be supported in C# 4.0 and how to live with the current limitations until Visual Studio 2010 is adopted by your organization.

Make Your Code Clear

There are multiple ways to solve every problem. Strive for code that communicates your intent and makes your meaning clear for every developer who uses it.

Create Anonymous Types

Taking a careful look at the capabilities the compiler gives to anonymous types provides an excellent tutorial on what you should consider when you create your types -- including whether they are classes or structs.

Use Lambda Expressions for Abstract Delegates

Lambda expressions are nothing more than convenient syntax for delegates. So why can't you use them where the Framework expects a delegate? And more importantly, what can you do about it?

Target Multiple .NET Frameworks

Many developers have the misconception that targeting older versions of the Framework means you can't use any of the new C# language features. It's time to dispel that myth.

What VB Devs Should Know About C# Programming

Chances are C# is not your first programming language. Here are several tips that can help you leverage C# better if you already know VB.NET.

Combine Generics and Functional Programming

Mixing generics and functional programming simplifies writing some extensibility libraries tremendously. For example, combining these techniques makes it easy to create a generic Undo library.

Achieve Low-Impact Reuse

Sometimes it makes more sense to separate functionality you use repeatedly into its own component. Learn how to create a special command-line processing component.

Define Your Own Item Templates

Take advantage of C#'s Item Templates to automate tasks that you find yourself having to perform on a regular basis.

Choose Between Methods and Properties

Language features aren't good or bad. The choice of language feature depends on what you're doing. In this issue, we dive into the methods vs. properties debate.

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