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Archive for February 2015

Transform comma seperated string to rows in SQL Server
Use comma separated string in TSQL
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Passing complex data to and from stored procedures has always been a tricky one. The most elegant way to pass values to a stored procedure is to use predefined data types in SQL Server... read more
Migrate stored procedures across databases
Copy stored procedure from one database to another with T-SQL
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When working on an app you create all your stored procedures, functions, tables, view and other objects in a development database (or t least it should be like that). A small but annoying problem occurs when you have to migrate your stored procedures to test or production database. Imagine during development you had let's say 20 stored procedures... read more
Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) quick start
Introducing MEF with simple code example application
 
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Managed Extensibility Framework or MEF is a library introduced in .NET Framework 4 which allows developers to easily create plugin based applications. It lives in System.ComponentModel.Composition namespace and before start working with MEF reference to this assembly needs to be added in a project.It is basically an implementation of IoC (Inversion of Control) pattern with few core functionalities such as assembly loading... read more
Random element of IEnumerable/Array
Random element extension method for IEnumerable/Array
 
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I don't work with random values very often but recently I had to write some small function that returns random value from an array. It sounded like a good idea to write it as an extension method to make it reusable for other projects. ... read more
ConcurrentDictionary vs Hashtable.Synchronized
Comparison of collections in multithread environment
 
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Basically all Dictionary collections in .NET internally implement Hashtable wrapped, so in terms of mechanism they are pretty much the same. The difference is that Dictionary exposes strong types while Hashtable uses object-object keyvalue pair which is much harder to work with because you need to know what is the actual type of the object stored in a key or value. Often casting will probably be required. In multithread code environment locking is considered by default when accessing any shared resource... read more
Convert string to any type that implements TryParse method
String extension method for converting to other value types
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In many cases serialized data is returned in a form of string although the actual type of data is different. The problem begings when you want to use data in it's original type becaus direct cast is not allowed in C# as it is in VB.net. This is why you have to use TryParse and safely parse the value to it's original type... read more
Creating Visual Studio ProjectTemplate VSIX package
How to create VSIX package for ProjectTemplate
 
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If you often have projects which setup is pretty much the same you might consider creating ProjectTemplate for Visual Studio.It speeds up development for the project setup, adding references, default configuration .config, content files... Before you start make sure that you have installed Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 SDK (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40758) and Nuget Package Explorer (http://npe.codeplex.com/)I also attached a small dummy project just to help understanding what is written in this article.Skipping to hands on code is always more helpful and faster for me to, so if you are bored by reading, download the attached .7zfile and explore it... read more