Practical .NET

Improve Test Asserts with Shouldly

Augment your testing framework with Shouldly for improved test code readability and better test failure messages.

Simplifying Your Object Model with Value Objects

Our applications are complicated enough without adding any more. Here's a way to think about your objects that allows you to dramatically simplify your object model, provided you're willing to turn your current practice around by 180 degrees.

The Power of Talking About Your Business Processes Correctly

One of the biggest problems in designing applications is the conversion from how the business talks about the business to how the developers think about coding it. Domain-driven design has a solution.

Structuring Views in ASP.NET MVC to Centralize Logic

A View without any code is probably impossible in any real-world application. But, by leveraging Partial Views, you can still separate your View-related code from your HTML.

Domain-Driven Design: Everything You Believe Is Wrong!

Domain-Driven Design claims that it provides a strategy for building applications that will grow and evolve over time without collapsing under their own complexity. It does that by upsetting some conventional wisdom.

Switch Back to the Web Forms Editor for Static HTML

You lose some functionality with the default editor in Visual Studio 2013. Here's how to quickly switch back and get the functionality you were used to.

Generate Reliable URLs in ASP.NET MVC AJAX Calls

You've moved your ASP.NET MVC application into production and all of your lovely AJAX calls have started failing. The solution is to ensure the URLs you're using in your AJAX calls are absolutely correct.

Handling Bad URLs in ASP.NET MVC

If users enter an invalid URL, then ASP.NET MVC will handle the problem by issuing a generic HTTP error. Here's how to give users more support (plus some advice on avoiding the problem altogether).

A Simple and Sophisticated Logging Tool

When things go wrong in production, logging provides a way of going back through an application's history to find out what happened. Here's the simplest possible way to use Peter's favorite third-party logging utility: NLog.

Speed Up Stored Procedures with Table Valued Parameters

Peter revisits an earlier tip on how to use stored procedures to speed up your code. This version makes your stored procedures simpler … though you may have to write a little more code to make the call.

Leveraging Custom ASP.NET MVC Templates to Support Real-World Views

In the real world, you'll often need to display constant and repeating data, a.k.a. Master/Detail pages. Custom templates are the cleanest, simplest way for you to manage them.

Displaying Data Flexibly with Custom View Templates in ASP.NET MVC

You don't always want to display the same data the same way. Here are your options for leveraging custom templates in Views to meet all of your needs -- and the code you need when a template won't do the job.

The Danger of Received Wisdom (or, Stupid Things I've Said)

Peter reviews some of the more spectacularly incorrect things he's told other people and then draws some conclusions.

Geek Talk: Are Strings Value Types or Reference Types?

Some things only matter to the true nerd. So, if you're looking for a genuinely useful article, this isn't it.

What's Fixie and Why Should C# Programmers Care?

It's what unit testing should be. Here's how to use it to test your apps.

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