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C# 9 and .NET 5 – Modern Cross-Platform Development - Fifth Edition

By : Mark J. Price
Book Image

C# 9 and .NET 5 – Modern Cross-Platform Development - Fifth Edition

By: Mark J. Price

Overview of this book

In C# 9 and .NET 5 – Modern Cross-Platform Development, Fifth Edition, expert teacher Mark J. Price gives you everything you need to start programming C# applications. This latest edition uses the popular Visual Studio Code editor to work across all major operating systems. It is fully updated and expanded with a new chapter on the Microsoft Blazor framework. The book’s first part teaches the fundamentals of C#, including object-oriented programming and new C# 9 features such as top-level programs, target-typed new object instantiation, and immutable types using the record keyword. Part 2 covers the .NET APIs, for performing tasks like managing and querying data, monitoring and improving performance, and working with the file system, async streams, serialization, and encryption. Part 3 provides examples of cross-platform apps you can build and deploy, such as websites and services using ASP.NET Core or mobile apps using Xamarin.Forms. The best type of application for learning the C# language constructs and many of the .NET libraries is one that does not distract with unnecessary application code. For that reason, the C# and .NET topics covered in Chapters 1 to 13 feature console applications. In Chapters 14 to 20, having mastered the basics of the language and libraries, you will build practical applications using ASP.NET Core, Model-View-Controller (MVC), and Blazor. By the end of the book, you will have acquired the understanding and skills you need to use C# 9 and .NET 5 to create websites, services, and mobile apps.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)

Creating your own LINQ extension methods

In Chapter 6, Implementing Interfaces and Inheriting Classes, you learned how to create your own extension methods. To create LINQ extension methods, all you must do is extend the IEnumerable<T> type.

Good Practice: Put your own extension methods in a separate class library so that they can be easily deployed as their own assembly or NuGet package.

We will look at the Average extension method as an example. A well-educated school child will tell you that average can mean one of three things:

  • Mean: Sum the numbers and divide by the count.
  • Mode: The most common number.
  • Median: The number in the middle of the numbers when ordered.

Microsoft's implementation of the Average extension method calculates the mean. We might want to define our own extension methods for Mode and Median.

  1. In the LinqWithEFCore project, add a new class file named MyLinqExtensions.cs.
  2. Modify the...