Argument Validation

The book sample code commonly uses a custom ArgumentValidator class to ensure that method arguments are not null or fall within a valid range. This allows a method to fail fast, rather than continuing and raising a more difficult to diagnose error.

You frequently see statements like the following at the beginning of a method:

string PerformSomeAction(string value){    stringField = ArgumentValidator.AssertNotNull(value, "value");...}

Here, if value is null, then an ArgumentNullException is thrown. If not null, then the stringField field is set to the value in a fluent manner.

Note

Microsoft has a far more feature rich argument validation tool called Code Contracts, which integrates into Visual ...

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