C# – Deserialize a JSON array to a list

When you’re working with a JSON array, you can deserialize it to a list like this: This deserializes all of the objects in the JSON array into a List<Movie>. You can use this list object like usual. Note: All examples will use System.Collections.Generic and System.Text.Json. I’ll exclude the using statements for brevity. Example – JSON … Read more

System.Text.Json – Deserialize properties that aren’t part of the class

Use the JsonExtensionData attribute to simplify accepting additional properties in JSON that aren’t part of the class you’re deserializing to. To use this attribute, add a compatible* property to the class and apply the JsonExtensionData attribute: *Compatible property types you can use are Dictionary<string, object>, Dictionary<string, JsonElement> and JsonObject. Any property in the JSON that’s … Read more

C# – Adding dynamic parameters with Dapper

The simplest way to add dynamic parameters with Dapper is by passing in Dictionary<string, object>: You can also add dynamic parameter by using the DynamicParameters class. You can use whichever approach is simplest in the given scenario. In this article, I’ll show examples of adding dynamic parameters in different scenarios. Add dynamic parameters one at … Read more

C# – Map query results to multiple objects with Dapper

When you’re querying joined tables, you can map each row to multiple objects by using the multi mapping feature in Dapper. To multi map, you have to provide Dapper with the following: Which types to map to. Which column(s) to split on. This tells Dapper which columns it should try to map to which type. … Read more

C# – How to send a file with HttpClient

In order to send a file in a request with HttpClient, add the file into a MultipartFormDataContent object, and send this object as the request content. Here’s an example: This sends the following multipart/form-data POST request: In this article, I’ll explain a few details about MultipartFormDataContent, and show a few other file-sending scenarios. MultipartFormDataContent Add() … Read more

C# – Sending query strings with HttpClient

Query strings start with ‘?’ and have one or more key-value pairs separated by ‘&’. All characters except a-z, A-Z, 0-9 have to be encoded, including Unicode characters. When you use HttpClient, it automatically encodes the URI for you (internally, it delegates this task to the Uri class). This means when you include a query … Read more

C# – Convert a list to a dictionary

The simplest way to convert a list to a dictionary is to use the Linq ToDictionary() method: This loops through the list and uses the key/element selector lambdas you passed in to build the dictionary. In this article, I’ll go into details about how to use ToDictionary() and show how to deal with duplicate keys. … Read more

C# – Unit testing code that does File IO

If your code does File IO, such as reading text from a file, then it’s dependent on the file system. This is an external dependency. In order to make the unit tests fast and reliable, you can mock out the external dependencies. To mock out the file system dependency, you can wrap the File IO … Read more

System.ArgumentException: Complex DataBinding accepts as a data source either an IList or an IListSource

If you try to set a list control’s DataSource to a type it can’t handle, then you’ll get the following exception: System.ArgumentException: Complex DataBinding accepts as a data source either an IList or an IListSource. (Parameter ‘value’)at System.Windows.Forms.ListControl.set_DataSource(Object value) Note: This applies to all controls that subclass ListControl, such as ComboBox and ListBox. This is … Read more

System.Text.Json – How to serialize non-public properties

By default, System.Text.Json.JsonSerializer only serializes public properties. If you want to serialize non-public properties, you have two options: Create a custom converter and use reflection to get the non-public properties. Use the JsonInclude attribute to enable (de)serialization of public properties with non-public accessors (not the same as non-public properties). In this article, I’ll show examples … Read more