James Michael Hare

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March 2011 Entries

C#/.NET Toolbox: Adding a ToHashSet() Extension Method
This post is another in a series that will just contain little GUCs (Generic Utility Classes) I’ve developed along the way. If these already exist as part of the framework and I’ve overlooked them, feel free to let me know! And if you know of a better way to implement them, do the same! I’m never too old to learn something new (I hope!). I've blogged in the past about how useful the overlooked HashSet class can be (here) and about the very useful ToDictionary(), ToList(), and ToLookup() LINQ extension ......

Posted On Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:21 PM | Comments (1) |

C#/.NET Little Wonders: The ToLookup() LINQ Extension Method
Once again, in this series of posts I look at the parts of the .NET Framework that may seem trivial, but can really help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. LINQ has added so many wonderful extension methods to our .NET toolbox! In particular, there are a few methods that are useful for creating a collection from an IEnumerable<T> instance. The ToDictionary() and ToList() extension methods, for example, are handy for taking an IEnumerable<T> and creating a Dictionary ......

Posted On Thursday, March 24, 2011 5:39 PM | Comments (5) |

C#/.NET Little Wonders: Tuples and Tuple Factory Methods
Once again, in this series of posts I look at the parts of the .NET Framework that may seem trivial, but can really help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. This week, we look at the System.Tuple class and the handy factory methods for creating a Tuple by inferring the types. What is a Tuple? The System.Tuple is a class that tends to inspire a reaction in one of two ways: love or hate. Simply put, a Tuple is a data structure that holds a specific number of items of a specific ......

Posted On Thursday, March 10, 2011 6:37 PM | Comments (12) |

C#/.NET Little Wonders: ConcurrentBag and BlockingCollection
In the first week of concurrent collections, began with a general introduction and discussed the ConcurrentStack<T> and ConcurrentQueue<T>. The last post discussed the ConcurrentDictionary<T> . Finally this week, we shall close with a discussion of the ConcurrentBag<T> and BlockingCollection<T>. For more of the "Little Wonders" posts, see C#/.NET Little Wonders: A Redux. Recap As you'll recall from the previous posts, the original collections were object-based containers ......

Posted On Thursday, March 3, 2011 6:56 PM | Comments (9) |

C#/.NET Toolbox: A Debugable, Self-Installable Windows Service Template (Redux)
The Original Posts I had written a pair of posts before about creating a debug-able and self-installing windows service template in C#. This is a template I began creating to ease creating windows services and to take some of the mundane tasks out of the coding effort. The original posts were here: C# Windows Services (1 of 2) - Debug-able Windows Services C# Windows Services (2 of 2) - Self-Installing Windows Services But at the time, though I gave the code samples I didn't have a downloadable for ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 1, 2011 1:08 AM | Comments (6) |

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