More Effective C# (Includes Content Update Program): 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C#, 2nd Edition
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Written for students with a strong basic understanding of C#, Bill Wagner’s More Effective C# will help them become outstanding programmers. Fully up-to-date, it introduces fifty intermediate-to-advanced-level techniques for writing highly-efficient and robust C# software. Packed with new techniques and code updated for the language’s newest capabilities, it follows the same format as Wagner’s best-selling Effective C#: clear, practical explanations, expert tips, and plenty of realistic code samples.
Drawing on his unsurpassed C# experience, Wagner helps experienced C# developers choose the most effective solution when multiple options exist, and develop code that’s easier to understand, maintain, and improve. Wagner also uncovers practices that compromise performance or reliability and shows exactly how to avoid them. Each section contains specific, actionable guidelines, organized into “items”: short vignettes offering careful advice, concise technical explanations, and illuminating examples.
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Chapter 1: Working with Data Types 1
Item 1: Use Properties Instead of Accessible Data Members 1
Item 2: Prefer Implicit Properties for Mutable Data 8
Item 3: Prefer Immutability for Value Types 12
Item 4: Distinguish Between Value Types and Reference Types 18
Item 5: Ensure That 0 Is a Valid State for Value Types 24
Item 6: Ensure That Properties Behave Like Data 28
Item 7: Limit Type Scope by Using Tuples 34
Item 8: Define Local Functions on Anonymous Types 39
Item 9: Understand the Relationships Among the Many Different Concepts of Equality 45
Item 10: Understand the Pitfalls of GetHashCode() 54
Chapter 2: API Design 61
Item 11: Avoid Conversion Operators in Your APIs 61
Item 12: Use Optional Parameters to Minimize Method Overloads 65
Item 13: Limit Visibility of Your Types 69
Item 14: Prefer Defining and Implementing Interfaces to Inheritance 73
Item 15: Understand How Interface Methods Differ from Virtual Methods 82
Item 16: Implement the Event Pattern for Notifications 86
Item 17: Avoid Returning References to Internal Class Objects 93
Item 18: Prefer Overrides to Event Handlers 97
Item 19: Avoid Overloading Methods Defined in Base Classes 100
Item 20: Understand How Events Increase Runtime Coupling Among Objects 104
Item 21: Declare Only Nonvirtual Events 107
Item 22: Create Method Groups That Are Clear, Minimal, and Complete 113
Item 23: Give Partial Classes Partial Methods for Constructors, Mutators, and Event Handlers 120
Item 24: Avoid ICloneable Because It Limits Your Design Choices 125
Item 25: Limit Array Parameters to params Arrays 129
Item 26: Enable Immediate Error Reporting in Iterators and Async Methods Using Local Functions 134
Chapter 3: Task-Based Asynchronous Programming 139
Item 27: Use Async Methods for Async Work 139
Item 28: Never Write async void Methods 143
Item 29: Avoid Composing Synchronous and Asynchronous Methods 149
Item 30: Use Async Methods to Avoid Thread Allocations and Context Switches 154
Item 31: Avoid Marshalling Context Unnecessarily 156
Item 32: Compose Asynchronous Work Using Task Objects 160
Item 33: Consider Implementing the Task Cancellation Protocol 166
Item 34: Cache Generalized Async Return Types 173
Chapter 4: Parallel Processing 177
Item 35: Learn How PLINQ Implements Parallel Algorithms 177
Item 36: Construct Parallel Algorithms with Exceptions in Mind 189
Item 37: Use the Thread Pool Instead of Creating Threads 195
Item 38: Use BackgroundWorker for Cross-Thread Communication 201
Item 39: Understand Cross-Thread Calls in XAML Environments 205
Item 40: Use lock() as Your First Choice for Synchronization 214
Item 41: Use the Smallest Possible Scope for Lock Handles 221
Item 42: Avoid Calling Unknown Code in Locked Sections 225
Chapter 5: Dynamic Programming 229
Item 43: Understand the Pros and Cons of Dynamic Typing 229
Item 44: Use Dynamic Typing to Leverage the Runtime Type of Generic Type Parameters 238
Item 45: Use DynamicObject or IDynamicMetaObjectProvider for Data-Driven Dynamic Types 242
Item 46: Understand How to Use the Expression API 253
Item 47: Minimize Dynamic Objects in Public APIs 259
Chapter 6: Participate in the Global C# Community 267
Item 48: Seek the Best Answer, Not the Most Popular Answer 267
Item 49: Participate in Specs and Code 269
Item 50: Consider Automating Practices with Analyzers 271
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Bill Wagner is one of the world’s foremost C# developers, a member of the ECMA C# Standards Committee, and author of all three editions of Effective C# . He is president of the Humanitarian Toolbox, has been awarded Microsoft Regional Director and .NET MVP for 11 years, and was recently appointed to the .NET Foundation Advisory Council. Wagner has helped companies ranging from start-ups to enterprises to improve development processes and grow development teams. Now a member of Microsoft’s .NET Core content team, he creates developer learning materials on the C# language and .NET Core.
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