James Michael Hare

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Welcome to my blog! I'm a Sr. Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA. I've been doing C++/C#/Java development for over 18 years, but have definitely learned that there is always more to learn!

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June 2012 Entries

C#/.NET Little Wonders: The Joy of Anonymous Types
Once again, in this series of posts I look at the parts of the .NET Framework that may seem trivial, but can help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. The index of all my past little wonders posts can be found here. In the .NET 3 Framework, Microsoft introduced the concept of anonymous types, which provide a way to create a quick, compiler-generated types at the point of instantiation. These may seem trivial, but are very handy for concisely creating lightweight, strongly-typed ......

Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2012 7:53 PM | Comments (10) |

Review: A Quick Look at Reflector
I, like many, was disappointed when I heard that Reflector 7 was not free, and perhaps that’s why I waited so long to try it and just kept using my version 6 (which continues to be free). But though I resisted for so long, I longed for the better features that were being developed, and began to wonder if I should upgrade. Thus, I began to look into the features being offered in Reflector 7.5 to see what was new. Multiple Editions Reflector 7.5 comes in three flavors, each building on the features ......

Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2012 4:50 PM | Comments (4) |

C#/.NET Little Wonders: Use Cast() and OfType() to Change Sequence Type
Once again, in this series of posts I look at the parts of the .NET Framework that may seem trivial, but can help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. The index of all my past little wonders posts can be found here. We’ve seen how the Select() extension method lets you project a sequence from one type to a new type which is handy for getting just parts of items, or building new items. But what happens when the items in the sequence are already the type you want, but the sequence ......

Posted On Thursday, June 7, 2012 5:48 PM | Comments (6) |

Saint Louis Days of .NET 2012
Hey all, just a quick note to let you know I'll be one of the speakers at the St. Louis Days of .NET this year. I'll be giving a revamped version of my Little Wonders (going to add some new ones to keep it fresh) -- and hopefully other presentations as well, the session selection process is ongoing.St. Louis Days of .NET is a wonderful conference in the midwest and a bargain to boot (only $175 if you register before July 1st! Hope to see you there.For more information, visit: http://www.stlouisdayofdotn... ......

Posted On Friday, June 1, 2012 8:54 AM | Comments (0) |

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