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C# and VB Data Conversion in a World of Cruel Users

While Visual Basic is a bit more forgiving with data conversions, you'll need to jump through some hoops to do similar conversions in C#.

Move Beyond Factory Methods with the Builder Pattern in C#/Visual Basic

When your objects get sufficiently complicated to create, it's time to simplify your life by moving to the Builder pattern. The Builder pattern is not only a great pattern for creating complicated objects, it supports your application's further evolution.

Errors on Unused Sections in ASP.NET MVC Views

If you don't use a section in a View, then you'll get an error. But you may not find out until it's too late.

R Tools for VS Plug-In Launches

It's at 1.0, with a version supporting Visual Studio 2017 to follow some time in May.

Xamarin.Forms -- Caching for the ListView

Similar to the UITableView in iOS and ListView in Android, the XF version can be used to cache images for use in other locations of an application.

Checking Up on Your Entity Framework Objects with DbEntityEntry

The Entity Framework DbEntityEntry object lets you do all sorts of things you probably didn't think were possible, including getting the latest data from the database (without losing your current data) and invoking the .NET Framework validation subsystem.

Set HtmlHelpers Parameters Using Anonymous Objects in ASP.NET

If you're passing an anonymous object to an HtmlHelper method (to ActionLink, for example), you might want to consider using that anonymous object to eliminate one of the other parameters.

Revealing Secrets with R and Factor Analysis

Let's use this classical statistics technique -- and some R, of course -- to get to some of the latent variables hiding in your data.

All of Visual Studio 2017 Visually In One Suite Release

Nifty, printable info graphic shows everything new and updated in the latest developer suite.

Efficiently Loading Related Objects in Entity Framework

If you're not using the Entity Framework DbCollectionEntry object when working with an entity class's related objects, then your application is running too slow. Using DbCollectionEntry lets you asynchronously retrieve related objects and get only the objects you want.

Customize Browser Window Size When Debugging ASP.NET Apps

If, after pressing F5, you've ever found yourself adjusting the size of your browser window, then this tip is for you. But you shouldn't be surprised if it doesn't work.

Transforming Windows Files on C++: What's Fastest?

We just covered background information on our last file processing foray. Now, what's faster: CRT, Windows API, or something else?

Mimic Lazy Loading with Entity Framework 6 and Entity Framework Core 1.1

Entity Framework Core doesn't have lazy loading (at least, not yet). But you can fake it by using explicit loading, though it doesn't work quite the way you might want. In fact, it's probably a good idea to use this in Entity Framework 6.

Tools, Services Supporting Visual Studio 2017

With Visual Studio 2017 making its debut next week, a number of software and services that comprise its tooling ecosystem have already embedded support for the development platform.

Managing Modules in TypeScript 2.1

If you want to ensure that the right code is loaded at the right time (and only loaded when you need it), you can use TypeScript code to organize your code into modules. As a side benefit, managing your script tags will get considerably easier.

Selecting Groups in LINQ

Some questions can only be answered by organizing your data into groups and then finding groups that contain particular members or have particular properties.

Doing Visual Studio and .NET Code Documentation Right

Good documentation is important for any application, and it starts with documenting your code. It helps you and it helps your users.

Grouping Results in LINQ

Complex queries can be solved with a combination of simpler LINQ queries, anonymous objects and the Group/By/Into clauses. Using Group/By/Into will also give you the best possible performance for those complex queries.

Export Your ASP.NET Configuration To Reduce Restarts, Share Settings

You don't have to keep all your configuration settings in your config file. There are even some benefits to exporting sections to separate files.

Returning Raw JSON Data in Web API with Marten

Here's a trick to have Marten automatically deserialize JSON data only when you want it to.

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