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Check arguments for null in C#

I had a comment recently from ‘The Dag‘ asking if I could create some code which would check to ensure that none of the parameters for a methods were null. While this is quite a simple piece of code I thought I would reply in a post rather than answering in the comments as it is more likely to be found by anyone else who is looking to do the sam...

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NodaTime: What date time is it?

If you have ever developed an application that is time sensitive you’ll appreciate just how much of a nightmare it can be to get right. Do you handle users in a different time zone to you? Do you handle day light savings? Do you handle leap seconds/days? When we develop code that is error prone or we know it requires special care over making ...

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Local NuGet Repository

NuGet is an amazing addition to Visual Studio, it’s one of those features that you wonder how we managed without it before. The only problem is that it requires that there is an active Internet connection to use it. This means by default you’re unable to use NuGet when you’re developing out and about. One thing that NuGet does to avoid making...

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Magic Strings: How to avoid them in C#

One of my least favourite things about the .NET Framework is that there are plenty of places where it expects you use magic strings . These make maintaining your application harder as refactoring through Visual Studio will not pick up these references, which then get left behind with their original value. This blog post is to mostly share a very...

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Get deep nested values without worrying about null

Failing to handle null reference’s is one of the most common bugs in an application, this happens when a developer assumes that the a value will always contain an object even though it could be null. One of the nasty things about checking for nulls is that if you’re looking to retrieve a value from a deeply nested value would end up with a large...

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Validating XML against XSD schemas in C#

I’m currently working on an XML File Explorer application, which I intend on highlighting XML files which do not conform to an XSD schema, as part of this I have created a class for containing the details of performing XSD validation against an XML document, which I thought I would share with you (although the XML File Explorer will be open sour...

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Two Factor Authentication in ASP.NET MVC

It’s becoming more and more common for websites to provide the capability of having two factor authentication as part of you login process. Google, GitHub, Hotmail and Dropbox just to name a few of the organisations that have embraced two factor authentication and provided it as an optional security measure. In this article I will demonstrate ho...

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