Async Producer / Consumer Pipeline

In my previous post I mentioned I wrote what I call an async producer / consumer pipeline. I described in detail a compiler error I encountered in my initial efforts, and how I resolved the error, but did not share or discuss the actual pipeline code. I focused on how the VB language, generally regarded as less capable and elegant than the C# language, supported a syntax of defining and immediately invoking a lambda expression, while the C# language did not support the syntax. This syntax is well known to JavaScript developers as an Immediately Invoked Function Expression, or IIFE. […]

An Async Lambda Compiler Error Where VB Outsmarts C#

Stunned I have encountered a scenario where the VB compiler outsmarts the C# compiler. I am stunned by this. C# is the far superior programming language. But I’ve done a lot of testing and am convinced it’s true. Stumped Month ago, while working on C# code for my Leaderless Replication post, I ran into a compiler error I did not understand. My mental compiler- as opposed to Microsoft’s C# compiler- concluded all the types were correct and the code should compile. I could not figure out what was incorrect about the code. I accepted my code was wrong- I’m not […]

JSON IList Covariance

An Unexpected Roadblock I ran into a an unexpected roadblock the other day when refactoring code that controls JSON de-serialization. It forced me to read up on the dreaded topic of covariance and contravariance in C#. During code review, I was asked to change the technique I used to specify how JSON should be de-serialized into a root type that includes properties typed as interfaces. The conundrum is what classes should be instantiated for these properties? I solved this problem using Json.NET JsonSerializerSettings.TypeNameHandling. This embeds type names into JSON text as properties named “$type”. When the JSON text is de-serialized, […]

Complex Object Graphs, Side Effects, and the Record Pattern

I hope you and your loved ones are doing as well as can be expected in these difficult times. I feel very fortunate to be gainfully employed during the Coronavirus pandemic. Introduction I ran into an interesting coding issue at work I’d like to discuss here. It involves a subtle object reference inequality bug in my implementation of the Record Pattern. At least that’s what we call the pattern at work. To discuss the issue here I’ll change the names of classes to avoid revealing any intellectual property and simplify the code to the minimum necessary to demonstrate the issue […]

Leaderless Replication

Introduction I have been reading Designing Data-Intensive Applications by Martin Kleppmann. (I heard of the book via a review Henrik Warne posted on his blog. I encourage you to read Henrik’s blog- excellent content, clearly articulated). I am only a third of the way through the book but can already say it is one of the best technical computer books I have ever read. As I said in a comment I left on Henrik’s blog, Martin Kleppmann has put a lot of effort into writing clearly and without pretension. He doesn’t use terms without defining the concepts behind them. And […]