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David Whitney on How stuff works – meta-programming in C# 101

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We live in a world where our tools, frameworks and libraries are often built for us. Especially in .NET, we rely on ASP.NET MVC, DI Containers, Unit testing tools and IDEs and all of these things sell themselves on hiding complexity and being "hard problems".

In this session, I want to explain how all these big tools and frameworks aren't really that different, and are built using the same language and practices that you using in your user-land code every day.

We'll break down how all that stuff works - MVC, Test frameworks and containers - illustrating how it's all just meta-programming with reflection, and hopefully leave you with practical tips for implementing strong conventions, discovery, and implementing composition in your own code bases.


David is the founder of Electric Head Software, working as an independent software consultant based in London focusing on iterative software delivery, developer mentoring and cultural change - mostly working with London-based organisations and start-ups.

David has previously served as the chief coding technical architect for JustGiving, and helped market-leading organisations including JUST-EAT and Vodafone improve their technical capabilities.

You can find his open source projects on NuGet and GitHub, follow him on Twitter @david_whitney, or check out his technical blog at .

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