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Question 11 :

What is strong-typing versus weak-typing? Which is preferred? Why?

Answer :

Strong type is checking the types of variables as soon as possible, usually at compile time. While weak typing is delaying checking the types of the system as late as possible, usually to run-time. Which is preferred depends on what you want. For scripts & quick stuff you will usually want weak typing, because you want to write as much less code as possible. In big programs, strong typing can reduce errors at compile time.

Question 12 :

What are PDBs? Where must they be located for debugging to work?

Answer :

To debug precompiled components such as business objects and code-behind modules, you need to generate debug symbols. To do this, compile the components with the debug flags by using either Visual Studio .NET or a command line compiler such as Csc.exe (for Microsoft Visual C# .NET) or Vbc.exe (for Microsoft Visual Basic .NET).

Using Visual Studio .NET
1. Open the ASP.NET Web Application project in Visual Studio .NET.
2. Right-click the project in the Solution Explorer and click Properties.
3. In the Properties dialog box, click the Configuration Properties folder.
4. In the left pane, select Build.
5. Set Generate Debugging Information to true.
6. Close the Properties dialog box.
7. Right-click the project and click Build to compile the project and generate symbols (.pdb files).

A program database (PDB) file holds debugging and project state information that allows incremental linking of a Debug configuration of your program.
The linker creates project.PDB, which contains debug information for the project's EXE file. The project.PDB contains full debug information, including function prototypes, not just the type information found in VCx0.PDB. Both PDB files allow incremental updates.
They should be located at bin\Debug directory

Question 13 :

What is cyclomatic complexity and why is it important?

Answer :

Cyclomatic complexity is a computer science metric (measurement) developed by Thomas McCabe used to generally measure the complexity of a program. It directly measures the number of linearly independent paths through a program's source code.

The concept, although not the method, is somewhat similar to that of general text complexity measured by the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test.

Cyclomatic complexity is computed using a graph that describes the control flow of the program. The nodes of the graph correspond to the commands of a program. A directed edge connects two nodes, if the second command might be executed immediately after the first command. By definition,

CC = E - N + P

CC = cyclomatic complexity
E = the number of edges of the graph
N = the number of nodes of the graph
P = the number of connected components.

Question 14 :

What is FullTrust? Do GAC ed assemblies have FullTrust?

Answer :

Your code is allowed to do anything in the framework, meaning that all (.Net) permissions are granted. The GAC has FullTrust because it is on the local HD, and that has FullTrust by default, you can change that using caspol

Question 15 :

What does this do? gacutil /l | find /i "about"

Answer :

This command is used to install strong typed assembly in GAC

gacutil.exe is used to install strong typed assembly in GAC. gacutil.exe /l is used to lists the contents of the global assembly cache. |(pipe) symbol is used to filter the output with another command. find /i "about" is to find the text "about" on gacutil output. If any lines contains the text "about" then that line will get displayed on console window.