Note to myself – Excellent article on the worker services in .NET Core 3:
It’s here! Trackable Entities for EF Core!
The idea behind my open source Trackable Entities project is quite simple: track changes to an object graph as you update, add and remove items, then send those changes to a back end service where they can be saved in a single transaction. It’s an important thing to be able to do, because it’s difficult to wrap multiple round trips in a single transaction without holding locks for a long time. On the other hand, you could break up related operations into multiple transactions, but then you lose the benefit of atomicity, which enables you to roll back all the changes in a transaction should one of them fail.
To get started with Trackable Entities for Entity Framework Core, download the NuGet package and check out the project repository. You can also clone the sample applications and follow the instructions.
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Creating your own primitive type
It’s a very rare requirement, but sometimes in .NET you have to create your own primitive and make it behave as close as possible to a native CTS (common type system) type. “That shouldn’t be hard” would be your first thought, until you start considering all the scenarios in which it could be used. Continue reading “Creating your own primitive type”
Does the usage of Thread.Sleep(…) warrant making the method Async in an API
Say you are developing an API where you have to use Thread.Sleep(…) since you are working with some device via a COM and you need to wait for the predefined amount of time before you can read from the device and there is no way around it. For example:
Rule in designing APIs in my head, is that you shouldn’t make something Async unless the underlying API(s) you are working with is also Async or uses BeginX EndX, continuations, i.e. something that is already asynchronous. By prematurely making something Async you are making an implementation decision for the consumer of the code. The code provided above doesn’t expose any such API.
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