Andrew Arnott

News from my corner of the Visual Studio Project & Build team, programming tips, and solutions to common programming issues.

ImmutableObjectGraph has some big updates now, and more coming soon

I was able to work out a model for continued open source development of ImmutableObjectGraph — at least in a limited way. This means that the 16 month silence on the public repo is over, and I was able to push a bunch of the commits I had been keeping internal to the public. For… Read more

So many exceptions… but only one can throw

When a method may throw for more than one reason, the thoughtful programmer might ask “which exception should be thrown?” Consider a method which performs argument validation, is cancelable, and also might throw based on the state of the object. What order should these validations occur so that the best exception is thrown? Here is… Read more

Asynchronous and multithreaded programming within VS using the JoinableTaskFactory

Everyone appreciates a fast and responsive UI, and Visual Studio is no exception. Extensions that run in Visual Studio play a significant role in how responsive the IDE will be for its users. Visual Studio has been evolving over the past few cycles to not only improve performance, but also responsiveness during operations that may… Read more

Recommended patterns for CancellationToken

Whether you’re doing async work or not, accepting a CancellationToken as a parameter to your method is a great pattern for allowing your caller to express lost interest in the result. Supporting cancelable operations comes with a little bit of extra responsibility on your part. Know when you’ve passed the point of no cancellation. Don’t cancel… Read more