Null-coalescing assignment operator ??=

The Operator

One of the new C# features is the null-coalescing assignment operator: ??= . It assigns the value of its right-hand operand to the left-hand operand if the left-hand operand is null. In other words:

if(myfield == null)
  myfield = new object();

can be replaced with

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Blazor Initializing State


Using WebAssembly based Blazor is one great technology to create static websites using C# and mono. Unfortunately search engines are not yet good enough to index WebAssembly based websites. A way to overcome this issue is to create a Host service which only does pre-render and serve the files for the static website. This way search engines can load the pre-rendered HTML page, and index that.

When the webassembly based, client side, static page is fully loaded and initialized, the same state must be re-created as the pre-rendered page had during rendering. If initiating this state includes an async operation, such as fetching data from a service, the Blazor client might finish the first render before the required data is available. Without data, the first render will render an empty page. Once the state initialized a new render will re-create the same (or similar) DOM as the pre-rendered page had. Having these 2 renders results a huge 'flash' like experience for the user, where an empty page is rendered for a moment.


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Missing Number Performance Tests 2

A couple of weeks ago, I had a post about a tipical interview question: finding a missing number from an unordered array.

The task goes as follows:

Given an array with integers from 1 to N. The order of the integers is unknown. One of the randomly chosen number is replaced with 0. Create a method that receives the array as an input and returns the replaced number.

I am not going into the details of edge cases, input validation, error handling, etc. This post purely checks the performance aspects of some of the possible solutions. I also assume that N=x*8 .

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Combining hashcodes of objects

Getting a hashcode of an object in C# is not difficult. All objects has a method (defined by Object type) that can get a hashcode for the user: GetHashCode .

It has its own type of knowledge on how and where to use it, or when creating custom types, how to override this. All should be clarified on the documentation linked above.

In this post however, I want to point out that if you have two objects, how you can combine their hashcodes.


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Reading List #2

Let me continue my list of favorite books:

  • Windows Runtime via C#, By: Jeffrey Richter and Maarten van de Bospoort

  • Programming Microsoft Azure Service Fabric, By: Haishi Bai

  • Programming Reactive Extensions and LINQ, By: Jesse Liberty; Paul Betts

  • Pro .NET Performance, By: Sasha Goldshtein; Dima Zurbalev; Ido Flatow

  • Writing High-Performance .NET Code, By: Ben Watson

  • Pro .NET Memory Management, By: Konrad Kokosa  

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