Building the Ultimate RestSharp Client in ASP.NET and C#

My group has been doing a lot of REST API consumption lately, and our favorite tool to use for that is the terrific RestSharp library. Our latest project is very large, and uses lots of different APIs, and so we needed a way to create many different client classes that could consume many different APIs but still use common features like caching and error logging. And so, I present to you, the Ultimate RestSharp Client! In this post, we'll build... Read more >

Why Does ODP.NET Have Async Methods If They're Not Asynchronous?

The Oracle Client (ODP.NET) that we are using to build a major web project put us in a really stupid bind last week, ultimately causing me to waste two days in search of something that wasn't really going to work in the first place. I'm on something of an async/await binge with this project, since in C# and ASP.NET it's really easy to implement and possibly gives you great scalability benefits. So, one of the first things... Read more >

Mapping DataTables and DataRows to Objects in C# and .NET

My group regularly uses DataSet, DataTable, and DataRow objects in many of our apps. (What? Don't look at me like that. These apps are old.) Anyway, we're simultaneously trying to implement good C# and object-oriented programming principles while maintaining these old apps, so we often end up having to map data from a data set to a C# object. We did this enough times that I and a coworker (we'll call her Marlena) decided to sit down and just make... Read more >

A Simple Caching Scheme for Web API using Dependency Injection

I use Dependency Injection (DI) quite a bit in my ASP.NET projects, particularly in Web API and MVC web applications. Recently, I had a need to implement a caching layer in one of my MVC apps, and such a layer would be best used if it could be injected into my clients layer (e.g. the layer that called an API and handled responses from the same). The solution I came up with seemed to be pretty simple, so... Read more >

Decimal vs Double and Other Tips About Number Types in .NET

I've been coding with .NET for a long time. In all of that time, I haven't really had a need to figure out the nitty-gritty differences between float and double, or between decimal and pretty much any other type. I've just used them as I see fit, and hope that's how they were meant to be used. Until recently, anyway. Recently, as I was attending the AngleBrackets conference, and one of the coolest parts of attending that conference is getting... Read more >

The ASP.NET Web API 2 HTTP Message Lifecycle in 43 Easy Steps

Anyone who works with ASP.NET Web API should check out this poster that Microsoft created to explain the Request/Response Pipeline that Web API utilizes. It's amazing, and if you do any work in Web API you should check it out! Right now. Yes, seriously. Go ahead, I'll wait. I love this poster, but in my opinion it doesn't do a good job of explaining the decision logic and ideas behind each step in the pipeline. Further, it doesn't... Read more >