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GeneralRe: What was I thinking Pin
Andrew Rissing17-Jan-13 10:55
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Jecc23-Jan-13 0:56
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GeneralRe: What was I thinking Pin
Nagy Vilmos23-Jan-13 1:33
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GeneralRe: What was I thinking Pin
Jonathan C Dickinson16-Jan-13 22:21
memberJonathan C Dickinson16-Jan-13 22:21 
G James wrote:
Later they refactored it to this thinking it was an improvement. Smile | :)

return someBooleanVariable == true ? true : false;

That's pretty poor refactoring, it should have been:
interface IBooleanConverter {
 bool BooleanToBoolean(bool value);

class BooleanConverter : IBooleanConverter {
 public BooleanToBoolean(bool value) {
  return value == true ? true : false;

interface IBooleanConverterFactory {
 IBooleanConverter CreateBooleanConverterFactory();

class ConfigurationBooleanConverterFactory : IBooleanConverter {
 public IBooleanConverter CreateBooleanConverter() {
  return (IBooleanConverter)

static class BooleanConverterFactoryFactory {
 public IBooleanConverterFactory CreateBooleanConverterFactory() {
  return (IBooleanConverterFactory)

// ...

return BooleanConverterFactoryFactory.CreateBooleanConverterFactory().CreateBooleanConverter().BooleanToBoolean(someBooleanVariable == true ? true : false);

It is clear that this is more maintainable. There is currently this method in our code-base because some [one] of our developers is so bad that we need to hold his hand through everything:
public static T As<T>(this object obj) {
 return obj as T;

Yes guys, an extension method that replicates a keyword.
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. [Chinese Proverb]

Jonathan C Dickinson (C# Software Engineer)

GeneralRe: What was I thinking Pin
Sentenryu16-Jan-13 23:23
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Jonathan C Dickinson16-Jan-13 23:26
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Ranjan.D17-Jan-13 12:32
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GeneralRe: What was I thinking Pin
Rob Grainger1-Feb-13 4:21
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RantHappy new year... kind of... Pin
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