C# WinForms Form Event Order


Sometimes it’s important to understand the order of events that occur when a WinForms Form is opened, closed, shown or hidden.  There are also a few “gotchas” that are important to know.

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C# Decimal: Literals, Conversions and Formatting


The C# decimal keyword denotes a 128-bit data type.  Compared to floating-point types, the decimal type has a greater precision and a smaller range, which makes it suitable for financial and monetary calculations.

Approximate Range: ±1.0 × 10−28 to ±7.9 × 1028

Precision:  28-29 significant digits

.NET Type:  System.Decimal

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The Proper Way to Show the Wait Cursor


It’s common UI courtesy to show the Wait cursor when performing a long operation that requires the user to wait.  Here is how the Wait cursor appears in Windows Vista:

Wait cursor

But developers often go about this the wrong way by setting the Cursor.Current property as follows:

Cursor.Current = Cursors.WaitCursor;

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