July 12th, 2016
REST API development using ASP.Net WebAPI is so fussy compared to other ecosystems such as Node.js and Ruby. New frameworks are emerging that promise to simplify both development and hosting of APIs in the .Net world.
June 12th, 2015
As with any deployment automation, there’s a fair amount of duct tape and chicken wire involved in deploying a Windows Service remotely.
November 3rd, 2014
Many developers confuse asynchronous operations with parallel execution. The essential difference is that an asynchronous operation is concerned with which resources you consume while parallel execution is more concerned with how many.
October 15th, 2014
If you adopt OData you don’t have to expose the entire range of query functionality for every resource. You can use the OData libraries to parse queries and interrogate data directly.
June 26th, 2014
There are some techniques for improving the performance of bulk inserts in the entity framework, but the most optimal approach will always be to use a different library altogether.
May 19th, 2014
When you’re building components in .Net it’s inevitable that you’ll eventually have to target more than one version of the framework. Not every system is able to upgrade in step with new releases of the framework.
February 6th, 2014
On the face of it, Microsoft took WCF’s promise of “one implementation, any protocol” and shot it in the head with ASP.NET Web API. Now that the Web API has matured a little it is easier to see them as complimentary technologies that deliver very different types of service.
September 23rd, 2013
The promise of garbage collection can lull .Net developers into a false sense of security. They are still vulnerable to memory leaks and have a responsibility to keep an eye on what’s going on under the hood.
June 17th, 2013
Netflix have closed their OData catalogue and EBay seem to have quietly put their implementation out to grass. With a shrinking ecosystem and no marquee services, does Microsoft’s data standard have a future?
November 24th, 2012
If you run into performance problems with regular expressions in .Net then your options for tuning and improving are pretty limited. Your only real hope is to keep a close eye on exactly what you’re throwing into the RegEx black box.
September 21st, 2012
Contract first service development in .Net has always been hampered by the limited availability of any appropriate tooling. The new Contract-First tool in Visual Studio 2012 is only a partial solution.
May 6th, 2012
Micro ORMs such as Dapper, Massive and PetaPoco are an increasingly fashionable solution to the problem of bridging the databases and object world. However, it’s important to understand the trade-offs involved in using a micro ORM as opposed to something “heavier” with a more advanced feature set.
December 12th, 2010
Exceptions can be a very effective means of handling errors in a systematic way, but using them properly can be a pretty delicate operation. If they are not handled properly then they can become a source of leaking resources, partially-completed operations and inconsistent data.
November 10th, 2010
Ted Neward described ORM as the “vietnam of computer science” in that it’s a quagmire that starts well, gets more complicated as time passes and ends up as an open-ended commitment with poorly-defined goals and no clear exit strategy.
June 15th, 2010
Converting an EPiServer site to become claims-aware is straightforward enough – the complications come when you try to use the editor and administration interfaces.