FbNetExternalEngine version 4.1 is released. Although it might look odd having another release so close after the previous, it’s not a bug-fix release. In fact when I released 4.0 I knew 4.1 is probably going to happen soon after. The reason is, I had some performance optimizations prepared, but didn’t had enough numbers to safely put into production. Now I have.
I’m now going through piece of SQL code that contains a lot of stored procedures from over the years and lately also functions (in last year the migration to Firebird 3 really began) and looking into the code to identify functions and procedures to start the rewriting with using FbNetExternalEngine. I’m at the beginning, but I have some interesting piece I’d like to show.
FbNetExternalEngine version 4.0 is finally here. This version contains one significant feature and that’s migration to .NET Core.
For an estimation and planned move of some resources to Azure, I had to do comparison of various VMs and disks. It’s not meant to be exhaustive with all possibilities. Just some numbers one can compare.
Some time back I wrote about Head- and Tail-like methods in C# (and F# and Python and Haskell). For some strange reasons I came across the
Sum method I wrote there and I thought maybe I can rewrite it with switch expression now available in C# and have a nicer looking code. I mean I’m a big fan of succinct (yet still readable) code. But I had no idea what a journey it will be.
You might be wondering: “Am I going to be charged when somebody invokes my Azure Function but with wrong or missing key?". Well, some of the attendees on my currently running Azure course had the same question. And I thought it might be worth sharing the answer publicly.
Každý potřebuje občas měřit rychlost kódu, že jo? Někdy pro porovnání dvou různých verzí, někdy v rámci optimalizací. Ale jak to udělat správně. A co to vlastně znamená “správně”? Jestli vás toto zajímá, přijďte 26.2.2020 na WUG.
I want quick’n’dirty HTTP GET endpoint that sends SMS via Twilio for testing – couldn’t see the forest for the trees
It was a nice workweek evening and for testing I needed simple HTTP GET endpoint that would send SMS via Twilio for testing of really weird integration in my “home automation”. As fast and as easy as possible. Sounds simple, right? Sadly, my brain being fogged by all the cloud goodness couldn’t see the forest for the trees.
Primary source of water in my house is a water well. That means I have a pump down there and a pressure tank in the house. And I like to keep an eye on both of these. With a little bit of ingenuity and the Fibaro Wall Plug I have a simple DIY solution.
New version 184.108.40.206 of ADO.NET provider for Firebird is ready for download. This release brings support for Entity Framework Core 3.1 (3.1.1 to be precise), Entity Framework 6.4 and some small bug fixes.
MS SQL has an
ISDATE function that “returns 1 if the expression is a valid date, time, or datetime value; otherwise, 0”. Although I never used it or had a scenario for it, I was porting some code from MS SQL to Firebird and this function was used, hence I had to create it.
WUG: Entity Framework vs. SQL Server – co jste mohli udělat a neudělali; a co jste dělat neměli a přesto udělali (Brno)
Společně s Vladimírem Mužným si už zítra střihneme náš duet s názvem “Entity Framework vs. SQL Server – co jste mohli udělat a neudělali; a co jste dělat neměli a přesto udělali” na WUGu v Brně. A protože je to duet, bude to dvojnásobné množství informací, tak neseďte doma a přijďte.
Have you ever thought about the most basic structure of an application? The main method and its placement in
Have you ever looked how anonymous classes are implemented? If you did, you know it’s a generated generic class. And if you didn’t, you know now. Either way, you can find more details below. But also building on top of previous post about generic parameters limit in generic classes, where’s the limit here? It surely cannot be higher.
After a small pause in every-year Firebird conferences, filled with few “seminars”, the Firebird Conference is back. This year in Berlin, Germany.
Pretty stupid question, right? Because if it’s more than, say, 20 or 100, it’s enough. But still. Where is the limit?
FbNetExternalEngine version 3.0 is another step towards more useful .NET execution environment inside Firebird. Version 3.0 contains two significant pieces. The first, new, is ability to execute SQL statements inside the same context (aka transaction) as the currently executing code. The other is performance; there’s always room for performance improvements.
“Every” week I discover something new (and I’m not afraid to share it). Today isn’t any different. Apparently, C# compiler is fine with code throwing
null literal. Yes, it looks weird, but if you think about it, it makes sense. Let me show you.
Už se jen dvakrát vyspíme a bude tu další ročník WUG Days (14.-15.9.).
Hlasováním a odborným výběrem byla vybrána 4 😮 moje témata.
New version 220.127.116.11 of ADO.NET provider for Firebird is ready for download. This a small bug-fix release related to wire encryption on Linux.
Last week I was explaining explicit lazy loading on Entity Framework Core and quite understandably the question came about shortening/encapsulating the code, because you might need to use it a lot in some cases. It’s possible and luckily the method can also benefit from overload resolution in C# to handle reference and collection navigation properties transparently.
New version 18.104.22.168 of ADO.NET provider for Firebird is ready for download. The main focus of this release is performance.
If you’re not yet registed for this year’s .NET Developer Days, where I’ll be speaking, you’re going to regret it. Here are (my) 3 reasons.
New version 22.214.171.124 of ADO.NET provider for Firebird is ready for download. The main focus of this release is wire encryption.
In 2007 then Principal Software Architect on Data Programmability team Mike Pizzo wrote in a “random” forum reply about Entity Framework’s
DefiningQuery being the “ultimate escape hatch”. This was later mentioned in Julia Lerman’s famous book Programming Entity Framework. Just to make sure you understand this archeology (and yes, I spent quite some time digging the reply back – kudos to MSDN forum people keeping it still running), Entity Framework (the first version) was released in 2008.
Last week on Friday I was working on some code, I don’t even remember what it was, and there was excessive usage of
this. And my personal pet peeve is writing most readable code in most succinct way possible. For sure
this hurts this (no pun intended). The following class is a result of that Friday’s frustration.
New version 126.96.36.199 of ADO.NET provider for Firebird is ready for download. This release improves the Entity Framework Core support and Firebird Embedded support.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of debugging often in code that needs to be executed certain way, from certain place and sometimes is also modified post-build a little. And sometimes more stuff, which I’ll not bother you with. And this makes debugging a tiny bit more difficult.
It has been few exciting weeks and days lately and today I’m happy to introduce you to FbNetExternalEngine version 2.0. This version adds support for functions and also improves performance (on top of previous improvements).
Today I’m releasing first small update to the FbNetExternalEngine. The focus is just on performance. No new features were added.
V .NETu se dějou v posledních měsích velké změny. Trochu toho zmatku si srovnáme na WUGu v Košicích 18.6.2019 of 17:00. Tak neváhejte a doražte. Beztak bude pršet a Tatry jsou daleko. 😉
finally block has a little unknown feature, that frankly isn’t even remotely needed for regular day-to-day development, but you already know content on this blog is usually little geeky.
First thing first, I know there’s an
Enum.HasFlag method, yet I’m not interested in it (or optimizations around it). What I like to know is whether one of these two ways –
(EnumValue & mask) != 0 and
(EnumValue & mask) == mask – to check for a (single value) flag in an enum is better.
Few days back I learned geeky little piece about JIT. This is exactly the type of knowledge you don’t have to use, maybe ever, yet it’s crucial the JIT handles it (so you don’t have to), because every smart instruction is performance gained. Literally, every instruction or every CPU cycle counts.
.NET Core 3.0 se blíží a s ním i další várka změn a novinek. A protože jde o další major verzi, není toho málo. Tomáš Herceg a jeho team připravili konferenci Update Days: Corestart 3.0, která se koná 6. – 7. června 2019.
For no particular reason and with no particular goal I decided to see how “fast” some selected services, with the ability to serve a static file, on Azure are. I was interested in the time to serve the file and requests per second. The services I selected are AppService in B1 and S1 plan, Blob Storage GPv2 and CDN in Standard plan from Verizon and Microsoft.
As I was writing previous post I got some idea to “nest”
awaits in the
using definition and make it little bit confusing.
C# 8 is bringing asynchronous disposables via new
IAsyncDisposable and although the basic concept is easy to grasp, other rules of
awaiting still apply here. And one of these is the usage of
In less than a month (21st-23rd of May 2019) the biggest Slovenian conference – NT konferenca 2019 – will happen. And I’m so stoked to be part of it with my session about What to expect from Entity Framework Core 3.0 and Entity Framework 6.3.
Nový rok 2019 nám začal, a tak nebude od věci se podívat co nás čeká (a asi ani nemine) za novinky a změny ve světě vývoje .NET aplikací na WUGu v Olomouci 25.4.2019 od 17:00. Představíme si praktický dopad jednotlivých novinek z různých pohledů, jejich očekávanou časovou dostupnost i jak se na jejich příchod již nyní připravit.
Global Azure Bootcamp 2019. Jeden den, Azure po celém světě. A taky v Praze. I já přispěju svojí troškou do mlýna a povím vám něco o Azure Cosmos DB.
In less than two months (28th-29th of May 2019) the Cloud DeveloperDays 2019 conference will happen. I was lucky to have two sessions selected and I hope to meet you there.
Web ještě nehlásí vyprodáno, takže je stále možnost urvat vstup. Na letošní TechEd jsem připravil tři přednášky:
- .NET Core 3.0, .NET Framework 4.8 a proč vše kolem je největší změna od zrodu .NETu
- Jak měřit výkon .NET kódu správně
- Entity Framework vs. SQL Server – co jste mohli udělat a neudělali; a co jste dělat neměli a přesto udělali
When I wrote the post Using value converter for custom encryption of field on Entity Framework Core 2.1 the encryption there was non-existing. My intention was to show the skeleton. But in comments somebody asked how to wire up Data Protection.
New version 188.8.131.52 of ADO.NET provider for Firebird is ready for download. This release fills all the holes in the Entity Framework Core support. To be precise now Migrations are fully supported and query pipeline has been massively improved. Just to give you an idea, about 4100 tests were added. If you want to use Entity Framework Core with Firebird, now is the time.
When I wrote the yield return await and await foreach geekery post I had no idea it would be so interesting for so many people. But it really spiked up. And I feel a need to point out some interesting ideas people posted on Reddit, in comments or on Twitter.
I was playing with structs and classes recently and found something I had no idea .NET does. Although it’s not something groundbreaking, I’ll share it with you anyway.
Nový rok 2019 nám začal, a tak nebude od věci se podívat co nás čeká (a asi ani nemine) za novinky a změny ve světě vývoje .NET aplikací na WUGu ve Zlíně 21.2.2019 od 17:30. Představíme si praktický dopad jednotlivých novinek z různých pohledů, jejich očekávanou časovou dostupnost i jak se na jejich příchod již nyní připravit.
As I was playing few days ago with “
yield return await“ I got an idea to try fit as much “keywords” as possible into one “expression”. I mean as much blue words (in Visual Studio’s default colors) as possible together (not separated by semicolon, comma, colon, bracket, etc.).
This is just a pure geekery, but as I was playing with asynchronous enumerables I realized I can combine the
yield return together. In fact, I can even throw
await foreach into the mix.
Although nowadays people, including me, are working mostly with tasks and async/await, sometimes going one level lower is helpful, because there’s less to worry about. And as I was today calling trusty
ThreadPool.QueueUserWorkItem I found new overload. Overload that is generic.
From the “Today I found out and it’s even in the documentation” series. Did you know that when you’re using discards in C# (the
_) you don’t have to use
var? Let’s see it in action.
Nullable reference types coming in C# 8 are a great addition to anyone’s toolbox. But if you tried it you probably know “just” warnings are produced. And sometimes you’d like to have errors instead of warnings, so the build fails hard or something like that. It’s surprisingly easy to do so.
Za několik málo týdnů se konají opět konference G2B•TechEd v Brně a ShowIT v Bratislavě. V Brně budu mít dvě přednášky a sice Developer Keynote aneb .NET Core 3.0 a proč je to největší změna od zrodu .NET Core a Lua pro C# vývojáře a proč by se mi to mohlo hodit a V Bratislavě pak .NET Core 3.0 a proč je to největší změna od zrodu .NET Core a Přehled výkonnostních vylepšení v .NET Core a proč je určitě chcete.
Ať už v tom či onom městě vás zvu a rád zodpovím vaše případné dotazy.
As I was talking yesterday about new big features in C# 8, I learned about a small feature coming to this version as well that simplifies usage of interpolated verbatim strings.
Ups. Úplně jsem zapomněl na druhou edici DotNET Talks. Akce se koná dneska, tedy máte ještě půl dne udělat si čas. 😃 Já vám řeknu něco o tom co čekat od C# 8 v “Co čekat v C# 8.0 v kostce”. Podle webu ještě místa jsou, tak přijďte.
I’m so excited to finally reach point where I can call FbNetExternalEngine ready and release version 1.0. It’s finally happening. I remember starting in June 2016 and being excited when Firebird first loaded the stubs I had in place and today all the initial ideas are in place and working.
Nový rok 2019 nám začal, a tak nebude od věci se podívat co nás čeká (a asi ani nemine) za novinky a změny ve světě vývoje .NET aplikací na WUGu v Brně 15.1.2019 od 17:00. Představíme si praktický dopad jednotlivých novinek z různých pohledů, jejich očekávanou časovou dostupnost i jak se na jejich příchod již nyní připravit.
I felt a bit fuzzy on the topic of ref returns in C#. I used it intuitively few times, but it felt I needed to fill some gaps and play with it in a little bit more structured way. This is my exploration of the topic. No particular order. No deep explanations. Just my thinking what should work and what not and trying it.