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C# Features: An Exhaustive List of the Best Ones

The first post I wrote for the NDepend blog was about C# 8.0 features. That post inspired a sequel, followed by the series’ final chapter. Those posts dealt with the...
Carlos Schults December 18, 2018

Visual Studio Enterprise vs. Professional: Essential Differences

If you’re a .NET developer, then it’s overwhelmingly likely that you’re a Visual Studio user. There are alternatives to it, sure. But the product from the Redmond giant is the...
Carlos Schults November 13, 2018

When Is It Okay to Use a C# Partial Class?

Today’s post attempts to answer a very simple and straightforward question: “When is it OK to use a C# partial class?” And the answer as straightforward as this: “When you need...
Carlos Schults October 16, 2018

What Is a Good Unit Test? 5 Must-Haves

In this day and age, unit testing isn’t as controversial as it once was. Sure, you still see the occasional inflammatory, clickbait-y, confrontational “unit testing is garbage” type of post...
Carlos Schults August 14, 2018

3 Design Patterns That Have Aged Poorly

Design patterns seem to be a controversial topic. On one hand, many developers seem to love them and treat the famous book by the Gang of Four like sacred scripture. On...
Carlos Schults July 10, 2018

Continuing Our Clean Architecture Example in C#

After a somewhat long delay, it’s time to finally continue our series on clean architecture. This is the second post in the inner series in which we show you a...
Carlos Schults June 19, 2018

Use NDepend to Measure How SOLID Your Code Is

Not that long ago, we published a post defending the SOLID principles of object-oriented design. In today’s post, we take it a step further: we’re going to present NDepend’s rules that will...
Carlos Schults June 5, 2018

Imperative Programming in Depth

Programming languages come in all shapes and sizes: interpreted vs. compiled, weak vs. strong typing, low-level vs. high-level, terse vs. expressive… There are many buckets you can put a programming...
Carlos Schults May 29, 2018

Separation of Concerns, Explained

Software development is a very young field, particularly when you compare it to, say, medicine or law. Despite this, there’s no shortage of wisdom pearls, which accumulated in the decades...
Carlos Schults May 22, 2018

Null Is Evil. What’s the Best Alternative? Null.

“Null is evil.” If you’ve been a software developer for any reasonable length of time, I bet you’ve come across that statement several times. I’d say it’s also very likely...
Carlos Schults May 1, 2018

In Defense of the SOLID Principles

From posts that politely offer their criticisms to others that outright deem them “for dummies,” it seems that bashing the SOLID principles is all the rage nowadays. The fact that...
Carlos Schults April 24, 2018

C# 8.0 Features: A Final Glimpse Of The Future

It was not that long ago when we published our first post about the future of C# 8.0 and the probable features it’s getting. On the first post, we covered...
Carlos Schults April 3, 2018

Starting A Clean Architecture Example in C#

It’s time for the second part of our series about clean architecture. As promised in the first post, we’re going to show you a sample application in C#, to demonstrate...
Carlos Schults March 27, 2018

C# Immutable Types: Understanding the Attraction

As I’m sure you’re aware, the word immutable means “unchanging.” So, C# immutable types obviously refers to a C# type that can’t change. What would be the attraction of such...
Carlos Schults March 13, 2018

C# 8.0 Features: Another Glimpse of the Future

About two months ago, we talked about some of the (probable) features we’ll be getting with C# 8.0. The post was well received and generated some buzz, which encouraged me...
Carlos Schults February 6, 2018

An Introduction to Clean Architecture

It seems to me that the topic of software architecture has attracted a lot of interest in the last few years. And among many different flavors and styles of software...
Carlos Schults January 30, 2018

Value Objects: A Tool for Self-Documented Code and Fewer Errors

Have you ever heard of value objects? I bet you have. Even though they’re talked about a lot less than I’d like, they’re still talked about enough that many developers have...
Carlos Schults January 16, 2018

Cargo Cult Programming Is the Art of Programming by Coincidence

I first learned about cargo cult programming a few years ago. I remember thinking back then, “What a strange name for a programming-related concept.” If you share my past self’s...
Carlos Schults December 28, 2017

C# 8.0 Features: A Glimpse of the Future

It’s been almost 20 years since Microsoft released the first version of the C# language. From its inception—when some unjustly deemed it a mere Java copycat—until now with the upcoming...
Carlos Schults November 30, 2017
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