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  • Blog Post: Cleaning up after yourself (Dispose(void) doesn't get called for you)

    Despite my large and growing number of Dispose-related blogs, I really don't like writing about Dispose. Or rather, I don't like that Dispose is in such a confusing state that it requires so much reading material. :) But here we are again. I'd like to start posting some of the common Dispose questions...
  • Blog Post: Making a StreamWriter usable even after given garbage characters

    I recently got a question from a customer using a StreamWriter with a UTF-8 encoding. The StreamWriter threw an EncoderFallbackException on an attempt to write “garbage” Unicode characters. For example, on an attempt to write U+DFC9, which is only half of a Unicode character (not a complete surrogate...
  • Blog Post: FileSystemWatcher doesn't fire events for monitored network drive after changing InternalBufferSize

    Problem and .NET Fix Some customers have observed that a FileSystemWatcher monitoring a network drive fails to fire events after setting InternalBufferSize to certain values. The problem is that the value provided to InternalBufferSize is invalid and FileSystemWatcher attempts to notify your error...
  • Blog Post: The never-ending saga of Close/Dispose

    I made some quick updates in my recent post to describe the difference between Close and Dispose for SqlConnection: http://blogs.msdn.com/kimhamil/archive/2008/03/15/the-often-non-difference-between-close-and-dispose.aspx If you're wondering about the difference between Close and Dispose for classes...
  • Blog Post: The (often non-) difference between Close and Dispose

    Some classes in the .NET framework, such as System.IO.FileStream, have both a Close() and Dispose() method. The natural question is what's the difference, and when you should use one versus the other. The framework guidelines refer to Close and Dispose in the following context: occasionally you may...
  • Blog Post: What's been happening with Long Paths?

    It appears that part 3 of the long path blog series on the BCL blog is now nearly a year overdue! This sounds hard to believe, but BCL really has been that busy . On the bright side, we've been working on exciting projects, such as Silverlight , and now that we're coming up for air, we should have tons...
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