ILearnable .Net

April 29, 2009

Extension methods

Filed under: Uncategorized — andreakn @ 05:16

Imho: Extension methods should reside in the same namespace as the class they are extending (even if that namespace belongs to the .Net framework or a 3rd. party vendor.) This is the easiest way to keep functionality discoverable in a large solution.

April 28, 2009

Shortcut your environment

Filed under: Uncategorized — andreakn @ 23:04

The last few months I’ve spent a conscious effort to speed up my development. I have used resharper since version 1.5 (i think…) but have only recently found a lot of nifty stuff in it here’s my favourites:

  • ctrl + n = goto type (classes)
  • ctrl + shift + n = goto file (web.config / language files / aspx / …)
  • Capitalized shortform (I write CMSG and r# suggests CustomerManagementServiceGateway (a class in our project) to me

These 3 alone amounts to 80% of my increased efficiency. I literally no longer search through the Solution explorer.

I have also used True Launch Bar for my quick menu for a long time.
having all programs I need categorized for easy access, but I started
creating shortcuts for all the relevant folders on all the relevant machines, and that’s sped me up quite a bit also. To see the folder where the web project is deployed in the build environment I hover the folder icon on the toolbar which pops up a list of environments, and drill my way in like that, all the icons are easily recognizable ( i set them myself) so to find any relevant place on any environment takes me < .5 secs.

Oh, did I mention I put a shortcut to the hosts-file in there also for each machine?

I cannot recommend enough. takes about an hour to set up the way I want it, but it’s totally worth it

April 27, 2009

Tiny drips of Asp.Net juice

Filed under: Uncategorized — andreakn @ 05:03

long time no see,
I’ve been a busy little bee working on a fairly large web site for online gambling (horse races), with some SERIOUSLY cool software/frameworks. Going from the outside in it’s been jQuery, EPiServer 5, Asp.Net 3.5, WCF, SOA, NHibernate. And I have learned more from this project than any other. I’m going to publish reference code (for my own later googling pleasure) from this project for quite a while I reckon. I’m starting easy with some webcontrols we have used throughout the solution. using our own has made it possible to enable/utilize jQuery very easily.

to ensure the ID of controls are fixed, we have used this little trick:

public class ClientIdHiddenField: HiddenField{
   public override string ClientID{ get{ return ID; } }

This enables us to be certain that the jQuery selectors all work as expected

similarly we have overridden labels/buttons/etc to enable us to give the webcontrols a TextKey property (e.g. TextKey=”/app/game/gamewindow/buygame” ) declaratively, the TextKey is then used to lookup the correct text from the Translate function in EPiServer

public class TranslateButton: Button
public string TextKey{ get; set; }

protected override void OnPreRender(EventArgs e)
    if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(TextKey) && string.IsNullOrEmpty(Text))
       Text = LanguageUtil.TranslateOrBlank(TextKey);

As these are all just Custom Controls (no code-front file) we can specify their namespace in web.config:

<pages validateRequest="false" enableEventValidation="false">
      <add tagPrefix="cc" namespace="OurNamespace.CommonUC" assembly="OurAssemblies.Web" />

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