Performance traps of ref locals and ref returns in C#

The C# language from the very first version supported passing arguments by value or by reference. But before C# 7 the C# compiler supported only one way of returning a value from a method (or a property) – returning by value. This has been changed in C# 7 with two new features: ref returns and…

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The performance characteristics of async methods in C#

The async series Dissecting the async methods in C#. Extending the async methods in C#. The performance characteristics of the async methods in C#. One user scenario to rule them all. In the last two blog posts we’ve covered the internals of async methods in C# and then we looked at the extensibility points the…

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A common execution path optimization

Today I want to talk about one interesting optimization pattern that you may face in framework code or in high-performance libraries. The idea is simple: suppose you have a commonly used method that has two execution paths – one is very common and simple, and the second one takes longer to execute, has more steps…

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