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Embellish Your Web API Responses with Header Data

Learn how providing information in available HTTP header elements can help make interactions between unrelated systems straightforward and meaningful.

Create Parameterized Queries in ADO.NET

Squash the dangers lurking in your SQL queries by setting parameters by way of parameterized queries.

C# Goes Back to BASICs with Local Functions

C# finally gets the BASIC GOSUB feature through local functions, but local functions take that GOSUB-like capability up a few notches.

The Fraternal Twins of Equals and GetHashCode

Lots of searching through lots of data means potential app performance degradation. Hash codes can speed things up.

Adding New Formats to Old Data

The custom formatters in the .NET Framework provide a more seamless way to mix traditional and custom formatting situations.

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#.

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?

Pattern Matching in C# 7.0 Case Blocks

Welcome to the 21st century, C#, now that case blocks support a variety of pattern-matching formats.

4 Ways To Transform a File on Windows with C++

On the Windows platform, the C++ language offers several ways to process a file. We'll look at four approaches for serial IO access.

Making Sense of Class Modifiers in C# and Visual Basic

Both are .NET Framework-based, but they don't seem to be speaking the same language.

Getting to Know Your Assembly by Name and Number

Let's take a quick side trip and see what information we can glean from the .NET assembly.

Hashing Passwords for Fun and Security

Hashwords can use a pinch of salt for added security. There's a .NET class for that.

Use Custom Visualizers for C++ Objects

Sometimes the default view of objects in the debugger isn't enough, especially if you operate on complex data structures. Here's one way to alter the view and use a customized one.

It's Safe to Handle Unhandled Visual Basic and C# Exceptions

Pile on the exceptions, and .NET will have your back with the tools it provides at your disposal.

Life Without On Error Resume Next

The alternative to that simple error-handling combo is the Try...Catch, but it's not as simple as wrapping up your code with it.

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