Algorithm Explained: Get the max items you can purchase with a fixed budget

Problem statement: Given a fixed budget and a list of item prices. What is the max number of items you can purchase? You can only buy each item once. Note: This is the Mark and Toys problem from HackerRank. Example: You’re given $10 and a list of items to choose from: A cool coffee cup … Read more

C# – Search XML for elements, values, and attributes

The simplest way to search XML is to use the Linq-to-XML API in .NET (in System.Xml.Linq). This parses XML and allows you to perform Linq queries on it. Here’s an example: This outputs: XElement is the main class. You use it in combination with Linq methods to perform searches. In this article, I’ll how to … Read more

C# – Circuit breaker with Polly

In an electrical system, a circuit breaker detects electrical problems and opens the circuit, which blocks electricity from flowing. To get electricity flowing again, you have to close the circuit. The same approach can be implemented in software when you’re sending requests to an external service. This is especially important when you’re sending lots of … Read more

C# – How to update appsettings.json programmatically

You have to overwrite the appsettings.json file to be able to update values programmatically. You have to deal with the whole file, not individual parts of it. The process can be summarized in the following steps: Load appsettings.json and deserialize it into an object. Update properties on the object. Serialize the object into a JSON … Read more

C# – Global exception event handlers

There are two global exception event available in all .NET applications: FirstChanceException: When any exception is thrown, this event is fired before anything else. UnhandledException: When there’s an unhandled exception, this event is fired right before the process is terminated. You wire up these event handlers in Main() (before anything else has executed), like this: … Read more

C# – How to load assemblies at runtime using Microsoft Extensibility Framework (MEF)

You can use Microsoft Extensibility Framework (MEF) to load assemblies at runtime. This is an alternative to implementing dynamic assembly loading with a more manual approach (like using AssemblyLoadContext). Here’s an example of using MEF to load an instance of IMessageProcessorPlugin from some assembly located in the C:\Plugins directory: MEF looks for exported types in … Read more

C# – Check if a string contains any substring from a list

There are many different scenarios where you might want to check a string against a list of substrings. Perhaps you’re dealing with messy exception handling and have to compare the exception message against a list of known error messages to determine if the error is transient or not. When you need to check a string … Read more

C# – How to use Polly to do retries

Whenever you’re dealing with code that can run into transient errors, it’s a good idea to implement retries. Transient errors, by definition, are temporary and subsequent attempts should succeed. When you retry with a delay, it means you think the the transient error will go away by itself after a short period of time. When … Read more

How to do retries in EF Core

EF Core has built-in retry functionality. To use it, you can call options.EnableRetryOnFailure(), like this: The retry logic is contained in execution strategy classes. The above code is using the default execution strategy class (SqlServerRetryingExecutionStrategy). When you execute a query, it goes through the execution strategy class. It executes the query and checks for transient … Read more