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Why normal .NET exception handling doesn't work in WCF?

Errors and exceptions are part of our programming life and WCF is no different. So, when we get errors in WCF, we would like to propagate those errors to our WCF client so that they can accordingly take actions. In order to demonstrate this, let’s go through the code of a simple service: public int Add(int number1, int number2) { return number1 + number2; } public double Divide(int number1, int number2) { return number1 / number2; } Both the above methods will perform some calculation and return the result to the client. Let’s say, now for some reason someone sent 2 nd parameter of Divide method as 0.  What will happen? Definitely code will throw an error or say DivideByZero exception. Isn’t it? Know how to handle this error? Most of the developers will simply decorate Divide method with Try-catch block and throw the exception, similar to our normal .NET exception handling mechanism as shown in be

Which WCF template to be used?

Recently, one of my colleague asked me, which WCF template should I use to create a service? For experienced people, it may be a silly question, but it is one of the common question among beginners, who just entered into the world of services. That’s the motivation who made me write this small post. Well, let’s first have a look at what all templates are available in Visual Studio 2015 for WCF:  The developer can choose any of the above templates as per project need. Let’s go through them one-by-one. WCF Service Library: This template is nothing but a simple service library which uses App.config as its configuration file. WCF Service Application: This template will create a web site which in turn will be hosting a service in it. Here Web.Config will be used to serve configuration settings. WCF Workflow Service Application: This template is useful when you want your workflow to be accessed as a web service. Syndication service Library: This te

DependencyObject in ViewModelBase - Good or Bad?

First of all, a very-very Happy New Year to all my readers. If you are reading this post, then I’m assuming that you have a working experience of WPF using MVVM.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to re-write a huge post on what MVVM is and where to use it? This blog is very small which talks about one of the best practices any developer implementing MVVM should follow. Well, let me provide you the context first. Last week I was going through one of my colleagues’ code and noticed few interesting things in his ViewModelBase class: It was holding few Dependency properties  It was inheriting  DependencyObject  How it sounds to you? Good or … ?  Of course, that is not at all a good practice as ViewModelBase is the base class for all the ViewModels and is not supposed to contain such code. Well, this is not the only reason.  There are many other reasons which are making this implementation a BIG NO.  1 st Reason – A DependencyObject was never meant to be a Source of a bi

Last blog post of 2016

This is my last blog of year 2016. I just want to take a minute to say thank you to all my readers who reads my blog. It’s prodigious erudition with you all. I wish you all a very Happy New Year and a great beginning. Catch you all in next year with same zeal :) 

AccessKey not working on WPF ContentPresenter

Recently I received a query from one of my friends stating that access key is not working in his WPF project when he is using ContentPresenter. So, I thought to share a post on it as it may be helpful for other reader also. Before digging directly into the problem, first let’s see what happens when access key is set directly on the Content property of a WPF Button. Below is my code for setting a Content on a Button: < Grid >         < Button Height ="39" Width ="100" Content ="_Save"/> </ Grid > If you will run your application with above snippet, you will notice that there is no underscore coming in front of word Save. But as soon as you press ALT key, underscore comes up. Which is an expected behavior :) Now tweak the code a bit and instead of setting content directly on a button, do it on ContentPresenter as shown below: < Grid >         < Button Width ="95" Height ="34" B

Can ASP.NET Core be chosen over ASP.NET MVC?

Nowadays one of the most popular question is ‘Can ASP.NET Core be chosen over ASP.NET MVC?’ So, to answer this question, let’s have a look at .NET architecture diagram:  By looking at above diagram, one can easily see that .NET framework is used develop desktop Windows applications using WPF and Windows Forms and Web applications using ASP.NET MVC. .NET Core supports UWP and ASP.NET Core libraries, in which UWP is used to create Windows 10 apps and ASP.NET Core is used to build Web applications for Windows/Linux/Mac operating systems. Now regarding what has to be chosen and when has to be chosen, I need not to re-invent the wheel because Jeff has written a very good article on it at ‘’Should I use ASP.NET Core or MVC5?’. Hope you find this post useful.

Live Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2017

Let’s have a look at one of the coolest feature of Visual studio 2017. If you will see below snapshot, there are many new icons here.  These icons are part of cool new feature called Live unit testing in Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise. Live Unit Testing continuously runs and displays unit test result and code coverage inside editor itself. It automatically finds and runs impacted tests for every line of code. In above diagram, Red cross indicates failed test case, Green tick indicates passed test case and Blue minus indicates the code that have no test coverage at all. Let’s start by looking at failing test case. You can quickly navigate to failing test case by clicking on tooltip as shown below:  And below is my test case: At this point, I’m not really sure why this is failing. So, I’ll go ahead and debug this test We can see here that above particular code has thrown a null referen