Saturday, November 22, 2014

Web API - Bad Request when Model State is Invalid

When you using Web API, would you like to always return a 400 (bad request) response whenever the model state is invalid? It is easy, just add the following filter attribute to your global list:

[AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Class | AttributeTargets.Method, 
    AllowMultiple = false, 
    Inherited = true)]
public class InvalidModelStateFilterAttribute : ActionFilterAttribute
    public override void OnActionExecuting(HttpActionContext actionContext)
        if (!actionContext.ModelState.IsValid)
            actionContext.Response = actionContext.Request.CreateErrorResponse(


Saturday, November 15, 2014


With the following code you can create a CancellationTokenSource that will signal cancellation on dispose. This provides an alternative to having to wrap a normal CancellationTokenSource in a try finally block.


public class AutoCancellationTokenSource : CancellationTokenSource
    private bool _isDisposed;
    public AutoCancellationTokenSource()
    public AutoCancellationTokenSource(params CancellationToken[] linkedTokens)
        foreach (var linkedToken in linkedTokens)
            if (linkedToken.IsCancellationRequested)
                linkedToken.Register(TryCancel, false);
    protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
        if (_isDisposed)
        _isDisposed = true;
    private void TryCancel()
        if (!_isDisposed && !IsCancellationRequested)

Friday, October 31, 2014

FireAndForget a Task with AggressiveInlining

When working with tasks you will get a warning if you do not use a task returned from a method. However, you might actually want to fire and forget that task. So what do you do?

One option is to create an extension method for your task to mark it as fire and forget. Aside from removing the warning, it also gives you the nice ability to find all usages.

When creating this method it is a good idea to mark it with the aggressive inlining attribute. This will cause the compiler to try and inline the method to try and optimize performance.

Implementation and Unit Test

public static class TaskExtensions
    public static void FireAndForget(this Task task)
        // Do Nothing
public class TaskExtensionTests
    public void FireAndForget()
            .ContinueWith(t =>
                // TODO: Stuff!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Share ReSharper and StyleCop Configuration via NuGet

Would you to share your coding style standards between projects?

Tools such as ReSharper and StyleCop both allow you to share your settings files between projects by placing a configuration file in the solution directory. However just sharing those settings across projects in a single solution might not be enough to truly enforce your coding standards for a whole team.

You can share your configuration settings across multiple solutions via a NuGet package. These configuration files can not just be standard content files in your NuGet package, they need to be installed via the init PowerShell script inside of the package.


param($installPath, $toolsPath, $package)
Write-Host "==================================="
Write-Host "Initing: CSharpConventions"
# Get the active solution
$solution = Get-Interface $dte.Solution ([EnvDTE80.Solution2])
$solutionDir = Get-Item $solution.FullName
# Copy StyleCopy file
$copFileName = "Settings.StyleCop"
$newCopPath = join-path $solutionDir.Directory $copFileName
$oldCopPath = join-path $toolsPath $copFileName
Write-Host "Copying " $oldCopPath " to " $newCopPath
Copy-Item $oldCopPath $newCopPath 
# Copy and rename DotSettings file
$newDotPath = $solution.FullName + ".DotSettings"
$oldDotPath = join-path $toolsPath "Solution.sln.DotSettings"
Write-Host "Copying " $oldDotPath " to " $newDotPath
Copy-Item $oldDotPath $newDotPath 
Write-Host "Completed: CSharpConventions"
Write-Host "====================================="

NuSpec File

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<package xmlns="">
            StyleCop and R# settings file to enforce C# coding standards.
        <file src="tools\init.ps1" target="tools\init.ps1" />
        <file src="tools\Settings.StyleCop" 
            target="tools\Settings.StyleCop" />
        <file src="tools\Solution.sln.DotSettings" 
            target="tools\Solution.sln.DotSettings" />


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Set a Property Value from an Expression in .NET

In .NET both Action and Func classes are actually delegates that can be invoked to execute code, whereas the Expression class represents an expression tree that can potentially be compiled into executable code at run time. Expressions are particularly fun because they are malleable, and you can use them dynamically create delegates.

For example, you can create a generic statement that allows you to assign values to properties. This means that one piece of code can use a lambda to select a property for assignment, and another unrelated piece of code can use that expression to dynamically assign the value.

Thanks to AnxiousdeV for coming up with this solution on Stack Overflow.


public class ExpressionTests
    public int X { get; set; }
    public void GetSetPropertyAction()
        // Create an expression.
        var expression = GetExpression<ExpressionTests, int?>(c => c.X);
        // Use our extension method to create the action.
        var assignAction = expression.GetSetPropertyAction();
        // Set the property.
        assignAction(this, 2);
        // Assert that the value was set correctly.
        Assert.Equal(2, X);
    private static Expression<Func<T, U>> GetExpression<T, U>(
        Expression<Func<T, U>> expression)
        // We are only using this method to create an expression.
        return expression;

Sunday, September 28, 2014

xUnit Theory Data from Configuration

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love xUnit!

In particular, I love xUnits support for data driven tests. It offers several different options for ways to power a data driven unit test right out of the box. Best of all, xUnit allows for easy extensibility.

I have written some simple extensions for xUnit that allow you to power your data driven tests from your configuration file. Not only that, but it allows you to optionally provide default data using inline attributes when no configuration is available.

Sample Config

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <section name="testData" 
      <add name="Demo.Tests.Basic">
          <add index="0" p0="1" />
      <add name="Demo.Tests.FromConfig">
          <add index="0" p0="4" />

Sample Tests

namespace Demo
    public class Tests
        public void Basic(int i)
            // This theory data comes from the config file.
            Assert.Equal(1, i);
        public void FromInline(int i)
            // This theory data comes from the attribute.
            Assert.Equal(2, i);
        public void FromConfig(int i)
            // This theory data comes from the config file
            // instead of the attribute.
            Assert.Equal(4, i);


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