Archive for July, 2014

XML to strongly typed object in C#


Assume you have composite XML and you want read the XML field values in your C# project, the simplest way is to convert in to Strongly type object and read as parameters.

It involves two steps as mentioned below

Generate XML Wrapper Class 

  • “Fruits.xml” is your XML file.
Composite XML

Composite XML

  • Copy the XML file content.
  • Open a new Class file “FruitsWrapper.cs” in Visual Studio 2012
  • Select “EDIT -> Paste Special -> Paste XML As Classes”
Paste Special XML As Class

Paste Special XML As Class

  • Now you get XML wrapper class on your Class file
Generated XML Wrapper Class

Generated XML Wrapper Class

  • Save the file

Convert XML to Class

  • To test the Conversion and read the XML data
  • Take a console application and paste below code

static void Main(string[] args){

const string fruitsXmlPath = @”c:\Fruits.xml”;

// Set your Root Element Name (i.e., <Fruits> is the root node of our XML)

var xRoot = new XmlRootAttribute { ElementName = “Fruits”, IsNullable = true };

var xmlSerializer = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Fruits), xRoot);

var fruits = (Fruits)xmlSerializer.Deserialize(new FileStream(fruitsXmlPath, FileMode.Open));

// Read XML node values as Object Properties

Console.WriteLine(“Fruit Name” + fruits.CitrusFruits.Fruit.Name);

Console.WriteLine(“Fruit Price” + fruits.CitrusFruits.Fruit.Price);



This approach is useful when you have your application’s configuration details provided in an XML file and if the file is complex and big.

Note – If you don’t have “Paste Special -> Paste XML As Classes” feature in your Visual Studio, you can use XSD.exe tool to generate wrapper class from XML.

Categories: Misc Tags: , , ,

Unable to uninstall windows service; Service status is disabled

I was trying to uninstall my windows service using cmd>installutil \u ‘sevice.exe’.

But the service is not uninstalling and showing status as ‘Disabled’ in ‘Service Manager’ (Run -> Services.msc).

Windows Service Status Disabled

Windows Service Status Disabled

Also when I try to install the same service again, I was getting “The specified service has been marked for deletion” message.


  • Make sure you close “Services Manager” (Services.msc) before Install or Uninstall your windows service.


Reflection with method overloading C#

July 16, 2014 1 comment

I have a class with 3 overloaded methods and when try to invoke method’s using Reflection, I was gettingAvoiding an ambiguous match exception” exception.

Below is the way to invoke overload methods using Reflection, which solved my exception.

Let’s take a class with 3 overload methods.

Class Structure

namespace MyNamespace{

public class CallMe{

public string MyName(){

return “You don’t have name”;


public string MyName(string firstName){

return “Your name is ” + firstName;


public string MyName(string firstName, string lastName){

return “Your name is ” + firstName + lastName;



Here is the way to invoke methods using Reflection

C# Code to call the Generic Method

// Load .dll

Assembly assembly = Assembly.LoadFile(“{Physical path of }MyNamespace.dll”);

// Set the Class type as “Namespace.Classname”

Type classType = assembly.GetType(“ReflectionClass.CallMe”);

// One of my methods expects 1 string hence creating MethodInfo object with 1 Type[] parameter

MethodInfo methodWithOneParameter = classType.GetMethod(“MyName”, new Type[] { typeof(string) });

// One of my methods expect 2 string parameters hence creating MethodInfo object with 2 Type[] parameters.

MethodInfo methodWithTwoParameter = classType.GetMethod(“MyName”, new Type[] { typeof(string), typeof(string) });

// To invoke overload with no parameters, provide an empty Type array to GetMethod’s second parameter

MethodInfo methodWithNoParameter = classType.GetMethod(“MyName”, new Type[0]);

// Invoke Methods

var resultMethodWithOneParameter = InvokeMethod(classType, methodWithOneParameter, new string[] { “Rajeev” });

var resultMethodWithTwoParameter = InvokeMethod(classType, methodWithTwoParameter, new string[] { “Rajeev”, “Pentyala” });

var resultMethodWithNoParameter = InvokeMethod(classType, methodWithNoParameter, null);

//  Display Results

Console.WriteLine(“ResultMethodWithOneParameter – ” + resultMethodWithOneParameter.ToString());

Console.WriteLine(“ResultMethodWithTwoParameter – ” + resultMethodWithTwoParameter.ToString());

Console.WriteLine(“ResultMethodWithNoParameter – ” + resultMethodWithNoParameter.ToString());

 C# Generic Method to Invoke methods

       // Generic method Invokes methods and return Result as Object

public static object InvokeMethod(Type classType, MethodInfo methodInfo, object[] parametersArray){

object result = null;

if (classType != null) {

if (methodInfo != null) {

ParameterInfo[] parameters = methodInfo.GetParameters();

object classInstance = Activator.CreateInstance(classType, null);

if (parameters.Length == 0) {

//This works fine

result = methodInfo.Invoke(classInstance, null);


else {

//The invoke does NOT work it throws “Object does not match target type”

result = methodInfo.Invoke(classInstance, parametersArray);




return result;


We get the response as below

Reflection Overload Result

Reflection Overload Result


Separating alphabets and digits from Alphanumeric string– C#

We got a requirement to separate alphabets and digits from alphanumeric string as groups.

Let’s say my alphanumeric string is “Hel00Wor11DD” and I need to get

  • Alphabet group as “Hel,Wor,DD
  •  Digit group as “00,11”.

Below is the C# code which use Regular expressions and achieve the same

var digitGroup = newList<string>();

var alphabetGroup = newList<string>();

Match regexMatch = null;

string myString = “Hel00Wor11DD”;

while (myString.Length > 0){

if ((regexMatch = Regex.Match(myString, “\\d”)).Success){

// If myString is not starting with digit

if (regexMatch.Index > 0) {

alphabetGroup.Add(myString.Substring(0, regexMatch.Index));


// If myString is starting with digits but has subsequent alphabets

elseif ((regexMatch = Regex.Match(myString, “\\D”)).Success) {

digitGroup.Add(myString.Substring(0, regexMatch.Index));


// If myString only has digits, no more alphabets



// No more alphabets



myString = myString.Substring(regexMatch.Index);


// There are no digits in myString



// No more digits




When you run above code, you would get Alphabets & Digits separated as Lists.


SQL query to split a string separated by Comma (or any special character)

Assume that you have a String with Comma separated value and wanted to split and get the collection in SQL.

My string looks ‘A,B,C,D, ‘ and I want output as







The approach I am following here is

  • Declare a Temporary table
  • Split the string
  •  Insert the split values in to Temporary table


DECLARE @MyValuevarchar(100)



DECLARE @valuevarchar(8000)

SET @pos= 0

SET @len= 0

— Set the Comma separated value

SET @MyValue=‘A,B,C,D,’

— Declare Temporary Table to store split values


[Value] [nvarchar](100)


WHILE CHARINDEX(‘,’,@MyValue,@pos+1)>0


SET @len=CHARINDEX(‘,’,@MyValue,@pos+1)@pos

SET @value=SUBSTRING(@MyValue,@pos,@len)

— Insert the splitter value in to Temporary Table

INSERT INTO @MyTempTbl Values(@value)

SET @pos=CHARINDEX(‘,’,@MyValue,@pos+@len)+1


— Get the resultset


Output you get as below

String Split Result

String Split Result


  • My requirement was to split the string and use in ‘IN’ condition, hence I created a Temporary table.
  • Also you can replace ‘,’ with any of the character



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GUID generator website

How many times you were in a situation, where you need a GUID to test your .Net application or fill a ‘uniqueidentifier’ column of SQL table.

I found this GUID generator site very helpful.

You just need to refresh the web page to get a new GUID every time.

GUID Generator

GUID Generator

Not only this, this site will give you as many as GUID’s you want at a time and also has GUID validation option.

GUID Generator In 1000's

GUID Generator In 1000’s

Try it your self 🙂

Categories: Misc Tags: , ,

CRM Developer Toolkit for Visual Studio 2013

There is no release of CRM Developer Toolkit for VS 2013.

However by hacking the CRM Developer toolkit for VS 2012 we can get Developer Toolkit work for VS 2013.

Refer steps mentioned in this article.