Category Archives: C#

sizeof() vs Marshal.SizeOf()

To get the size of a data type in .Net you can use sizeof()  or Marshal.SizeOf() . I’ll briefly explain the difference between the two. sizeof() sizeof()  (MSDN) can only be used on data types that have a known size at compile-time. It is compiled as a constant. If you attempt to use it on invalid data types you… Read More »

Cost of method wrapper

Introduction What happens if a method is just a wrapper for another method? Is the extra jump optimized away by compiler? Does it take much time? I thought I’d look into this and measure a bit. With the different compilers, Jits and runtimes I thought it would be fun to see what happens. I’ll use a == operator… Read More »

Speeding up Unitys Vector in lists/dictionaries

Introduction With this post I am digging into some performance improvements for Unity 3D’s Vector2, Vector3, Vector4 and Quaternion. The short version is that they really need IEquatable<T>  and can benefit from a better GetHashCode() . I’m demonstrating this with example of how it severely decreased performance in my project. Adding IEquatable<T> has no side-effects, if is actually best… Read More »

Simple app.config appSettings deserializer (with tree structure)

There are many ways to read configuraiton files in .Net. Using ConfigurationManager you can easily read for example appSettings section. But usually I want this to be in managed code. The solution often suggested is to create separate sections with a varying degree of manual work, field mapping and xml readers. Many of the solutions also suggest that… Read More »

Norske fødselsnummer i C# / Norwegian national ID numbers in C#

Code to verify Norwegian national id number (fødselsnummer / personnummer) written in C#. Obeys 2013 standards as described in this Wikipedia article. Please let me know how if you find bugs / improvements. :)

(PS: This code is easy to test in LINQPad. Select C# Program, paste it in and hit run.)

C# Regex for verifying e-mails

Regex for matching e-mail in C#. Came across which has a horrible example, so ended up making my own loosely based on that. It leaves much to be desired, but will cover most use cases well enough.


ASP.Net 5 Areas

Visual Studio 2015 with ASP.Net 5 doesn’t support Areas in the GUI editor. Hopefully that will come, but until then here is a simple workaround. Create folder structure In the root of your project (not wwwroot) create the folder structure for Areas manually. In this example I created an area named “Foobar”. Edit Startup.cs to add routes for… Read More »

Better text console for C#

I recently discovered how slow Console.MoveBufferArea actually is. I used it for writing NLog output to a console and discovered that at times of high output it became dead slow. I could at times see it flicker and update line for line while the whole machine temporarily came to a crawl. As I searched the web I found… Read More »