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IDG Contributor Network: How to implement a type-safe enum pattern in...

An enum is a value type.
Value types in .Net are generally stored in the stack. You typically use enums to represent named constants in your application.

There are two types of enums: simple enums and flag enums. While the former type is used to represent a closed set of values, the latter is used to provide support for bitwise operations using the enum values.This article presents a discussion on enums, what they are, why they are useful, and the design constraints when using enums in applications and how to implement a type-safe enum pattern with code examples wherever appropriate.Why should we use enums? How are they helpful? Enums are helpful as you can set your domain-specific keywords that would be treated as integer constants -- these all help you to write clean, readable code in your application. You can use enums in switch statements as well. You can use enums in lieu of static constants in your application. Herersquo;s a nice article from MSDN that outlines the design guidelines that should be adhered to when working with enums: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/kcwalina/2004/05/18/design-guidelines-update-enum-design/To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

2017’s “Board Game of the Year” shortlist is out—get playing!

More Vikings, a new "escape room," some dominoes, and more.

LG Gram review: Amazingly light laptop either needs to be cheaper...

Itrsquo;s a competitive market and others do better on the details.

Microsoft makes a regular old laptop: The Surface Laptop

New PC brings Surface design chops to the age-old laptop, runs Windows 10 S.

Modern “Hackintoshes” show that Apple should probably just build a Mac...

Today, running macOS on PCs isn't just a way to avoid paying Apple's prices.

Ars Technica Live: Why it’s important to defend hackers, even the...

Lawyer Mark Jaffe has represented weev, Matthew Keys, and Deric Lostutter.

What Remains of Edith Finch is an effective experiment in storytelling

Touching, tightly-paced tale follows the emotional arc of a cursed family.

A chat with Ron Howard after watching his Einstein series premiere

As anti-science rhetoric looms, Howard's new series reminds us that history repeats.

Review: Samsung Galaxy S8 fails the likability test

What happened? Samsung’s Galaxy S7, released last year, was a very nice smartphone: comfortable to hold and a pleasure to use.
It was Samsung’s best Galaxy model ever—not so much the new Galaxy S8, which goes on sale today and ships on April 20.The Galaxy S8 seems to suffer from the same disease afflicting Apple’s latest MacBooks: engineering navel-gazing leading the product design astray.[ Review: Samsung Dex brings Android to the desktop. | Android is now ready for real usage in the enterprise. Read InfoWorld’s in-depth guide on how to make Android a serious part of your business. | Get the best office suite and the 38 best business-worthy apps for your Android device. ] Poor ergonomics make using the Galaxy S8 a pain Take the new shape.
It’s taller, the fingerprint sensor is moved to the back, and both sides of the so-called Infinity display are curved.

These changes have unfortunate implications in everyday usage:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Mini-review: Asus cranks out another excellent $700 Ultrabook

There are a couple issues, but overall you get good features for the price.

This is what emulated Breath of the Wild looks like at...

CEMU emulator upscales the Wii U version on a PC very nicely.

Not an April Fool: Rick and Morty third season premiere is...

Episode will repeat online until Adult Swim shuts the stream off.

Get to watchin'!