Will try to fetch then remove an item at index, returning true if succeeded.

/// <summary>Retrieves and removes an item from the list.</summary>
/// <typeparam name="T">The type that the generic list contains.</typeparam>
/// <param name="list">The list.</param>
/// <param name="index">The index of the item to be pulled out of the list.</param>
/// <param name="value">The value that was retrieved from the list.</param>
/// <returns>true if successful; otherwise false.</returns>
public static bool TryPullItemAt<T>(this IList<T> list, int index, out T value)
{
    try
    {
        value = list[index];
        list.RemoveAt(index);
        return true;
    }
    catch
    {
        value = default(T);
        return false;
    }
}

Provides a helper method for determining weather two value ranges intersect.

LINQPad v4 C# sample RangeIntersection.linq (5.18 kb)

/// <summary>
/// Check for the intersection between two sets of ranges.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="range1Start">The start of the first range.</param>
/// <param name="range1End">The end of the first reage.</param>
/// <param name="range2Start">The start of the second range.</param>
/// <param name="range2End">The end of the second range.</param>
/// <returns>true if the two ranges intersect with each other; otherwise false.</returns>
public static bool RangeIntersection(int range1Start, int range1End, int range2Start, int range2End)
{
    var r1Start = range1Start;
    var r1End = range1End;
    var r2Start = range2Start;
    var r2End = range2End;

    if (range1Start > range1End)
    {
        r1Start = range1End;
        r1End = range1Start;
    }

    if (range2Start > range2End)
    {
        r2Start = range2End;
        r2End = range2Start;
    }

    var greatestStart = r1Start > r2Start ? r1Start : r2Start;
    var smallestEnd = r1End < r2End ? r1End : r2End;
    return !(greatestStart > smallestEnd);
}

RangeChecking


        /// <summary>Retrieves and removes an item from the list.</summary>
        /// <typeparam name="T">The type that the generic list contains.</typeparam>
        /// <param name="list">The list.</param>
        /// <param name="index">The index of the item to be pulled out of the list.</param>
        public static T PullItemAt<T>(this IList<T> list, int index)
        {
            var item = list[index];
            list.RemoveAt(index);
            return item;
        }

/// <summary>
/// Adds items to a <see cref="ObservableCollection{T}"/>.
/// </summary>
/// <typeparam name="T">The generic type that the generic observable collection stores.</typeparam>
/// <param name="list">The list where items will be added to.</param>
/// <param name="items">The items to be added.</param>
public static void AddRange<T>(this ObservableCollection<T> list, IEnumerable<T> items)
{
    foreach (var item in items)
    {
        list.Add(item);
    }
}

/// <summary>
/// Tries to get a value from the generic list.
/// </summary>
/// <typeparam name="T">The type that the generic list contains.</typeparam>
/// <param name="list">The generic list reference.</param>
/// <param name="predicate">The predicate used to find the desired element.</param>
/// <param name="item">The item to be returned if the <see cref="predicate"/> argument finds a match.</param>
/// <returns>true if a item was found; otherwise false.</returns>
public static bool TryGet<T>(this IList<T> list, Func<T, bool> predicate, out T item)
{
    var result = list.Where(predicate).ToArray();
    item = result.FirstOrDefault();
    return result.Length != 0;
}

/// <summary>
/// Tries to get a value from the generic list.
/// </summary>
/// <typeparam name="T">The type that the generic list contains.</typeparam>
/// <typeparam name="S">The type that the selector function will return.</typeparam>
/// <param name="list">The generic list reference.</param>
/// <param name="predicate">The predicate used to find the desired element.</param>
/// <param name="selector">The selector function used to retrieve a value from the matched item. determined by the <see cref="predicate"/> argument.</param>
/// <param name="item">The item to be returned if the <see cref="predicate"/> argument finds a match.</param>
/// <returns>true if a item was found; otherwise false.</returns>
public static bool TryGet<T, S>(this IList<T> list, Func<T, bool> predicate, Func<T, S> selector, out S item)
{
    var result = list.Where(predicate).ToArray();
    item = selector(result.FirstOrDefault());
    return result.Length != 0;
}

public static string GetMD5HashFromFile(string fileName)
{
    byte[] retVal;
    using (var file = new FileStream(fileName, FileMode.Open))
    {
        var md5 = new MD5CryptoServiceProvider();
        retVal = md5.ComputeHash(file);
    }

    var sb = new StringBuilder();
    for (var i = 0; i < retVal.Length; i++)
    {
        sb.Append(retVal[i].ToString("x2"));
    }

    return sb.ToString();
}

A simple performance test for comparing direct file property access or creating a FileInfo object.

The results show that if you are accessing more then one file property FileInfo is the way to go otherwise File.GetCreationTime and related methods have the same performance hit.

100 iterations of c:\windows
directValues –> 00:00:00.2900065
infoValues –> 00:00:00.1611554

void Main()
{
    var folder = "c:\\windows";
    var files = Directory.GetFiles(folder, "*.*", SearchOption.TopDirectoryOnly);

    var stopwatch = new Stopwatch();
    var directValues = 0l;
    var infoValues = 0l;
    for (int i = 0; i < 100; i++)
    {
        stopwatch.Restart();
        stopwatch.Start();
        foreach (var file in files)
        {
            var lastWriteTime = File.GetLastWriteTime(file);
            var creationTime = File.GetCreationTime(file);
        }

        stopwatch.Stop();
        directValues += stopwatch.ElapsedTicks;

        stopwatch.Restart();
        stopwatch.Start();
        foreach (var file in files)
        {
            var info = new FileInfo(file);
            var lastWriteTime = info.LastWriteTime;
            var creationTime = info.CreationTime;
        }

        stopwatch.Stop();
        infoValues += stopwatch.ElapsedTicks;

    }

    "100 iterations of c:\\windows".Dump();
    TimeSpan.FromTicks(directValues).Dump("directValues");
    TimeSpan.FromTicks(infoValues).Dump("infoValues");
}

Full repo available at https://bitbucket.org/createdbyx/codefarts.utilities-extension-methods-only

/// <summary>Determines whether a value in within a certain range.</summary>
/// <param name="value">The value.</param>
/// <param name="min">The minimum value.</param>
/// <param name="max">The maximum value.</param>
/// <returns>True if the value is in range.</returns>
public static bool IsInRange(this BaseType value, BaseType min, BaseType max)
{
    return value >= min && value <= max;
}

/// <summary>Determines whether a value in within a certain range.</summary>
/// <param name="value">The value.</param>
/// <param name="min">The minimum value.</param>
/// <param name="max">The maximum value.</param>
/// <param name="throwException">if set to <c>true</c> will throw a <see cref="IndexOutOfRangeException"/> if the value is out of range.</param>
/// <returns>True if the value is in range.</returns>
/// <exception cref="System.IndexOutOfRangeException">Is thrown if the value is out of range.</exception>
public static bool IsInRange(this BaseType value, BaseType min, BaseType max, bool throwException)
{
    if (!(value >= min && value <= max) && throwException)
    {
        throw new IndexOutOfRangeException();
    }

    return true;
}

/// <summary>Determines whether a value in within a certain range.</summary>
/// <param name="value">The value.</param>
/// <param name="min">The minimum value.</param>
/// <param name="max">The maximum value.</param>
/// <param name="throwException">if set to <c>true</c> will throw a <see cref="IndexOutOfRangeException"/> if the value is out of range.</param>
/// <param name="message">The message for the <see cref="IndexOutOfRangeException"/> if it is thrown.</param>
/// <returns>True if the value is in range.</returns>
/// <exception cref="System.IndexOutOfRangeException">Is thrown if the value is out of range.</exception>
public static bool IsInRange(this BaseType value, BaseType min, BaseType max, bool throwException, string message)
{
    if (!(value >= min && value <= max) && throwException)
    {
        throw new IndexOutOfRangeException(message);
    }

    return true;
}

Full repo available at https://bitbucket.org/createdbyx/codefarts.utilities-extension-methods-only

/// <summary>
/// Clamps the specified value.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="value">The value to be clamped.</param>
/// <param name="min">The minimum value.</param>
/// <param name="max">The maximum value.</param>
/// <returns>The clamped value.</returns>
public static BaseType Clamp(this BaseType value, BaseType min, BaseType max)
{
    if (value < min)
    {
        return min;
    }

    if (value > max)
    {
        return max;
    }

    return value;
}

Full repo available at https://bitbucket.org/createdbyx/codefarts.utilities-extension-methods-only

/// <summary>
/// Determines weather or not all the characters in a string are all the same.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="value">The value to check for.</param>
/// <returns>true is all characters are the same, otherwise false.</returns>
public static bool AllTheSame(this string value)
{
#if UNITY3D
    if (!StringExtensionMethods.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(value))
#else
    if (!string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(value))
#endif
    {
        var clone = new string(value[0], value.Length);
        return clone == value;
    }

    return false;
}

#if UNITY3D
public static bool IsNullOrWhiteSpace(this string value)
{
    if (value == null)
    {
        return true;
    }

    for (var i = 0; i < value.Length; i++)
    {
        if (!char.IsWhiteSpace(value[i]))
        {
            return false;
        }
    }

    return true;
}
#endif
}

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