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Integrating Azure Analysis Services into custom applications doesn’t just mean read-only data querying. But if your application changes the underlying model, it will need to be re-processed before the changes take effect. This post describes how to use the REST API for Azure Analysis Services inside a custom .NET application to perform asynchronous model refreshes, meaning your applications can reliably and efficiently deal with model updates.

Why You Should Buy My Book: Programming C# 8.0

by Ian Griffiths

Ian spent a big chunk of last year writing an update to his book, Programming C# 8.0. Books continue to be Ian’s preferred source of learning because nothing else offers the combination of depth, breadth, and coherence. His goal with Programming C# 8.0 (and its predecessors) was very clear: to write the book that he would want to read if he were learning C# today. It is Ian’s attempt to distil around 18 years of experience with C# (part of almost 30 years of work as a programmer) into a coherent, complete description of what you’ll need to know to be productive today in C#.

Integrating Azure Analysis Services into custom applications means more than just querying the data. By surfacing the metadata in your models, you can build dynamic and customisable UIs and APIs, tailored to the needs of the client application. This post explains how easy it is to query model metadata from .NET, so you can create deeper integrations between your data insights and your custom applications.

Along with several of my endjin colleagues, I attended NDC London in January this year – here’s a run through of the sessions I attended on Day 2 and my thoughts. This day was UI heavy, with sessions on Vuejs and UI testing, but I also learned more about GraphQL and writing high performance C# code.

With a variety of integration support through client SDKs, PowerShell cmdlets and REST APIs, it can be hard to know where to start with integrating Azure Analysis Services into your custom applications. This posts walks through the options, and lays out a simple guide to choosing the right framework.

C# 8 Positional Patterns Custom Deconstructor Pitfall

by Ian Griffiths

The ‘positional patterns’ added in C# 8 support types with custom desconstructors. However, the way this works might always be quite what you would expect. This article shows a surprising behaviour, and explains how it arises.

C#, Span and async

by Ian Griffiths

The addition of ref struct types, most notably Span, opened C# to a range of high performance scenarios that were impractical to tackle with earlier versions of the language. However, they introduce some challenges. For example, they do not mix very well with async methods. This article shows some techniques for mitigating this.

C# faux amis 3: variable declarations and type patterns

by Ian Griffiths

In this, the final article in a series on the potentially deceptive nature of some new features in C# 8, Ian Griffiths shows how using var can sometimes result in better compile-time type checking than using an explicit type. He reflects on the evolution of C#, and what we can learn from this.

C# v8.0 introduces various new patterns. In this article, part of a series on how the evolution of the language has added complexity, Ian Griffiths shows how the strong resemblance between the new Positional Patterns and Deconstruction can be misleading.

C# faux amis 1: discards and underscores

by Ian Griffiths

Visual Studio 2019 saw the arrival of C# v8.0. This article shows the first of a series of examples of how friction can arise when integrating new features into a mature language: the relatively late addition of ‘discards’ causes some surprises.

C# 8 surprising patterns

by Ian Griffiths

Visual Studio 2019 saw the arrival of C# v8.0. A programming language cannot evolve for 20 years without developing a few quirks. Ian Griffiths writes about a surprising aspect of the new pattern matching features, and what this reveals about how the language has changed.

Explicit interface implementation

by Ed Freeman

Two of the main use-cases for explicit interface implementation are: 1. to hide members of the interface in a class which inherits from that interface, and 2. to work around the scenario when a class is inheriting from two interfaces which share a member of the same name. Take a look at this blog to go into more depth about each of those scenarios.

In the world of DevOps, cloud and platform services, how does a developer’s “definition of done” need to change? This post argues that as the silos of development and operations are broken down, the responsibility of understanding the whole solution increases meaning, to truly take advantage of the cloud, the need for quality and professionalism is critical for success.

In this post, Mike Larah discusses how to ensure your C# collections are thread-safe, only run-once, and are lazy-loaded.

One of the great benefits of using SpecFlow is that it allows you to write your specifications in a human readable format. Learn how you can create reusable step argument transformations to apply custom transformations to your parameters, so that you can keep your specifications easy to read.