Author Archives: Tudor

On confusing error messages

This morning I stumbled upon a strange error message, while running a .NET console application: The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is in correct. Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.e xe … Continue reading

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ADO.NET connection resiliency

In a previous post I mentioned a new feature that was going to be added in .NET Framework 4.5.1: ‘ADO.NET connection resiliency’. Now that .NET 4.5.1 is RTM, I decided to check what exactly is this all about.I wrote a … Continue reading

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Connection resiliency in Entity Framework 6

The EF team has recently announced the new features added to EF 6 beta 1, and among them is one I found interesting: connection resiliency. Despite the fancy name, it’s a simple concept: having built-in support for automatically retrying an … Continue reading

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Some multi-threading gotchas

Most programmers know that they must make their code thread-safe when accessing shared data from multiple threads at the same time. However, there are some cases which are not so obvious and which might cause very subtle bugs that appear … Continue reading

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Tommy, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: My 2’nd cat (one year old)

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Event aggregator in .NET

A few days ago I had to choose an event aggregator implementation for using it inside the project (ASP.NET in this case). Of course, there are plenty of alternatives, probably the most famous being the one from Prism . Since that … Continue reading

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Entity Framework asynch – behind the magic

As many devs have probably found out (, the next Entity Framework version (6.0) will support the task-based asynchronous patterns that were introduced in .NET 4.5 (async and all the stuff). I won’t go into details on why asynch is … Continue reading

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Debugging a performance issue

One more post on “back to basics” series.. :)I was playing these days with a generic HTTP handler (.ashx) in ASP.NET 4.0 (it could be a web service, it doesn’t matter in this context). The http handler tried to do … Continue reading

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A Romanian “Yellowstone”

A Romanian "Yellowstone", a set on Flickr. In and around Bodoc mountains, Balvanyos and St. Ana lake

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MSTest and continous integration without Visual Studio

I recently had to setup a CI server (Jenkins, but this applies to any other, like CC.Net or TFS) and had to automate the execution of unit tests after each build. The project uses MSTest and everywhere I searched it … Continue reading

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