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Welcome to CuttingEdge.Conditions

CuttingEdge.Conditions is a library that helps developers to write pre- and postcondition validations in their C# 3and VB.NET code base.


CuttingEdge.Conditions is build up upon the new C# 3.0 and VB.NET 9.0 extension method mechanism and it allows you to validate arguments in a simple and fluent way. The following example gives a quick overview on the way you could write your pre- and postconditions.

C# example
public ICollection GetData(Nullable<int> id, string xml, IEnumerable<int> col)
    // Check all preconditions:
    Condition.Requires(id, "id")
        .IsNotNull()          // throws ArgumentNullException on failure
        .IsInRange(1, 999)    // ArgumentOutOfRangeException on failure
        .IsNotEqualTo(128);   // throws ArgumentException on failure

    Condition.Requires(xml, "xml")
        .StartsWith("<data>") // throws ArgumentException on failure
        .EndsWith("</data>") // throws ArgumentException on failure
        .Evaluate(xml.Contains("abc") || xml.Contains("cba")); // arg ex

    Condition.Requires(col, "col")
        .IsNotNull()          // throws ArgumentNullException on failure
        .IsEmpty()            // throws ArgumentException on failure
        .Evaluate(c => c.Contains(id.Value) || c.Contains(0)); // arg ex

    // Do some work

    // Example: Call a method that should not return null
    object result = BuildResults(xml, col);

    // Check all postconditions:
    Condition.Ensures(result, "result")
        .IsOfType(typeof(ICollection)); // throws PostconditionException on failure

    return (ICollection)result;
public static int[] Multiply(int[] left, int[] right)
    Condition.Requires(left, "left").IsNotNull();
    // You can add an optional description to each check
    Condition.Requires(right, "right")
        .HasLength(left.Length, "left and right should have the same length");
    // Do multiplication
VB.NET example
Public Function GetData(ByVal id As Integer?, ByVal xml As String, _
    ByVal col As ICollection) As ICollection
    ' Check all preconditions:
    Condition.Requires(id, "id").IsNotNull().IsInRange(1, 999).IsNotEqualTo(128)
    Condition.Requires(xml, "xml").StartsWith("<data>").EndsWith("</data>")
    Condition.Requires(col, "col").IsNotNull().IsEmpty()
    ' Do some work
    ' Example: Call a method that should not return null
    Dim result = BuildResults(xml, col)
    ' Check all postconditions:
    Condition.Ensures(result, "result").IsOfType(GetType(ICollection))
    Return result
End Function
Public Shared Function Multiply(left As Integer(), right As Integer()) As Integer()
    ' You can add an optional description to each check
    right.Requires("right").IsNotNull() _
        .HasLength(left.Length, "left and right should have the same length")
    ' Do multiplication
End Function
The previous example showed some important features of the library. The example showed the library's ability to:
  1. do precondition checks by writing Condition.Requires;
  2. do postcondition checks by writing Condition.Ensures;
  3. fluently chain calls to the validation methods, just separated by a dot;
  4. work with nullable data types;
  5. validate string objects;
  6. validate collections;
  7. do a type check on the variable.
Note: A particular validation is executed immediately when it's method is called, and therefore all checks are executed in the order in which they are written.

Getting started

CuttingEdge Conditions is available as NuGet package. If you're not using NuGet, please follow the steps below, to start using CuttingEdge.Conditions:
  1. Go to the Downloads tab and download the latest runtime library;
  2. Unpack the downloaded .zip file;
  3. Add the CuttingEdge.Conditions.dll to your C# 3.0 or VB.NET 9.0 project by right-clicking on the project in the Visual Studio solution explorer and selecting 'Add Reference...'. Note that you can safely use CuttingEdge.Conditions in .NET 2.0 projects, as long as you use C# 3.0 or VB.NET 9.0.
  4. Optionally (but advisable), you can copy the contents of the unpacked 'Code Snippets' folder to your "{MY DOCUMENTS}\Visual Studio 2008\Code Snippets" folder.
  5. You are ready to validate! Just add the CuttingEdge.Conditions namespace at the top of a source file and use the 'requires' and 'ensures' code snippets to start writing pre- and postconditions within your code.

More information

For more information on this project please visit the following blog post or wiki page: There are some interesting discussions about CuttingEdge.Conditions here: You can download the library documentation from the Downloads tab or browse it online here:

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Last edited May 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM by dot_NET_Junkie, version 34