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  • Hey there.

    I'm a pretty experienced .NET developer in most areas of development like WebForms, WPF, ASP.NET Web Applications and API's and so on.

    I found myself doubting my knowledge and experience every time i join a new project and see things i have never seen 

    before as a programmer like weird files and file extensions, so many weird config file and .ini file, configpkg.settings files and

    so many other things and programming approaches that i'm not familiar with like non-abstract classes that have methods 

    with no implementation without being abstract or an interface members.

    Also seeing a lot of application setups, environment setups, core setups, xml config file and many other weird files that can't 

    really be ran or debugged, all internal class library projects.

    More things, like powershell configuration and automation files.

    And many more things that make me think i don't know enough, and it happens in every new project.

    How do i research or tackle this?


    Friday, March 6, 2020 7:23 AM

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  • Hi .NETTER012,

    Thank you for posting here.

    You can take a look at this document provided by Microsoft.

    Configuration file schema for the .NET Framework

    You can also check out this series of articles, although they are a bit old, but I think they are still good articles.

    Why, Where, and How of .NET Configuration Files

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    Hope this could be helpful.

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    Friday, March 6, 2020 8:21 AM
  • Hello,

    It's really not possible to know everything about Visual Studio and targeted languages. For instance, a new version or minor version of C# comes out and there are new features that may contradict how a task had been done prior. 

    Some thoughts on attempting to keep up, browse Microsoft docs, follow program managers on Twitter, surf specific topics on Stackoverflow, surf various topics on TechNet Wiki. Even then something will be missed or overlooked and is it important to a developer to know about presently?

    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmarked them if they provide no help, this will help others who are looking for solutions to the same or similar problem. Contact via my Twitter (Karen Payne) or Facebook (Karen Payne) via my MSDN profile but will not answer coding question on either.

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    Friday, March 6, 2020 11:01 AM