Experiment: List internals and performance when adding new elements

Lists and their performance has been hot discussion topic for years. I have seen many examples and read a lot of stories about List class and I made conclusion that there is too much pointless opinions about it. In this posting I will show you how List performs when adding elements to it and how it works internally. Be prepared for interesting discussion!

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Managing business object locks on application level

Today I worked out simple application side object locking solution for one server scenario. My motivation came from ASP.NET architecture forum thread How to solve concurrent site issue where one user asks for locking solution that works without changing database. Here is my simple and primitive solution that should help this guy out. I added also sample solution to this posting.

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Using ExcelPackage to create Excel sheets on server

In one of my community projects I needed to output some listings as Excel file. As installing Excel to server is non-sense that I was easily able to avoid I found simple solution for Excel 2007 files – open-source project called ExcelPackage. In this posting I will show you hot to create simple event attendees report in Excel 2007 format using ExcelPackage.

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Code Contracts: How they look after compiling?

When you are using new tools that make also something at code level then it is good idea to check out what additions are made to code during compilation. Code contracts have simple syntax when we are writing code at Visual Studio but what happens after compilation? Are our methods same as they look in code or are they different after compilation? In this posting I will show you how code contracts look after compiling.

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Enabling XML-documentation for code contracts

One nice feature that code contracts offer is updating of code documentation. If you are using source code documenting features of Visual Studio then code contracts may automate some tasks you otherwise have to implement manually. In this posting I will show you some XML documentation files with documented contracts. I will also explain how this feature works.

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Forcing code contracts through interface contracts

Sometimes we need a way to make different implementations of same interface follow same rules. One option is to duplicate contracts to all implementation but this is not good option because we have duplicated code then. The other option is to force contracts to all implementations at interface level. In this posting I will show you how to do it using interface contracts and contracts class.

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Windows Azure – Using DataSet with cloud storage

On Windows Azure CTP some file system operations are not allowed. You cannot create and modify files located on server hard disc. I have small application that stores data to DataSet and I needed place where I can hold this file. The logical choice is cloud storage service of course. In this posting I will show you how to read and write DataSet to your cloud storage as XML-file.

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Writing cache based repositories for web application prototyping

When I started building in-house demo application I thought about how to solve temporary data layer so I don’t have to use real database and object mappings for it. Playing with new object model and new components I move way faster if I don’t have any additional ballast that I can avoid. So I wrote simple cache based repository mechanism I can use to imitate real repositories that I will write in the future.

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