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Enforcing C# EditorConfig formatting conventions at build time

EditorConfig is an excellent way to enforce stylistic rules on your C# projects. However, the rules and their corresponding IDExxxx diagnostics are only enforced in the editor, such as Visual Studio or VS Code with OmniSharp, but not at build time.

While there are various categories of EditorConfig conventions that you can use, in this post, I will show you how to enforce the formatting conventions (IDE0055) at build time.

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Enabling C# 7 Features in Visual Studio “15” Preview

Yesterday, at Build, Microsoft released the first public preview of Visual Studio “15” – the next iteration of Visual Studio.

One of the main reasons why you’d want to try it out already is to be able to use some of the heralded C# 7 features – such as binary literals, local functions or pattern matching (to name just a few).

It’s been possible to test out these features in a slightly hacky way before (see Josh’s post) – by building Roslyn from source and deploying it into VS using the CompilerExtension VSIX, but of course it’s much easier and convenient to just use C# 7 features directly in VS “15” now.

In this post I’m gonna show you how to enable the experimental C# 7 features – because they are by default not available.

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Run your favorite unit testing GUI directly from Visual Studio

If you are working a lot with unit tests and somehow are allergic to command line testing (I, for one, am) there is an easy way to configure your test project’s build to start your favorite’s library GUI automatically and load the test assembly into it.

This is very convenient and, as a bonus, allows you to set breakpoints in the test code, without having to attach to any processes.

Let’s have a quick look at how you can do that for xUnit and nUnit.

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LINQ foreach iteration variable capturing and how it’s fixed in Visual Studio 11

A while a go, the C# community got surprised by another GOTCHA, discovering that using a foreach iteration variable inside a LINQ query, may not always yield the expected results. The variable gets captured by the foreach loop and, due to the evil work of closure, it remains scoped outside of the LINQ query itself living its own life so to speak. This has now been corrected in the Visual Studio 11 Beta.

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