C# – Examples of using GroupBy()

Here’s an example of using GroupBy() to group coders by language: This example outputs the following: GroupBy() produces groups that contain the grouping key (i.e. Language) and the list of objects in the group (i.e. the Coder objects). The GroupBy() syntax is complex because it supports many scenarios. You can select one or more grouping … Read more

ASP.NET Core – How to return a 500 response

The simplest way to return a 500 response is to use the Problem() helper method, like this: This produces the following response: The ControllerBase class has many helper methods like Problem() that simplify returning responses. These have several optional parameters that you can use to customize the response. Internally, these helper methods return result objects. … Read more

C# – How to match an anonymous type parameter in a mocked method

When an anonymous type is defined in one assembly, it won’t match an anonymous type defined in another assembly. This causes problems when you’re unit testing and trying to mock a method that has an an anonymous type parameter. For example, let’s say you’re trying to unit test the following method: To unit test this, … Read more

C# – Select distinct objects based on a property

There are three ways to select distinct objects based on a property using Linq: These select one movie per year: GroupBy() is the simplest because it doesn’t require any additional code. Distinct() is faster but it’s more complicated. DistinctBy() is the fastest and simplest, but requires the most code (it requires .NET 6 or getting … Read more

System.Text.Json – Using anonymous types to customize serialization

It’s common to need to customize serialization. When you need to do this, you’d typically need to create a custom converter and pass it in during serialization. Depending on your scenario, an alternative approach is to use anonymous types, like this: Basically you select properties from another object and format them as desired, and then … Read more

C# – Use FluentAssertions to improve unit tests

FluentAssertions is a library that improves unit tests by providing better failure messages, simplifies assertions in many scenarios, and provides a fluent interface (which improves code readability). In this article, I’ll show a few examples of how FluentAssertions can improve unit tests by comparing it with the built-in assertions (from Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UnitTesting). Install FluentAssertions To get … Read more

EF Core – Basic SELECT queries

In this article, I’ll show examples of how to execute basic SELECT queries when using EF Core. You can execute queries using LINQ or by writing raw SQL. I’ll use SQL Profiler to show the queries generated by LINQ. Note: I’ll be using .AsNoTracking().ToListAsync() in all cases. You’ll need to decide if that’s the right … Read more