!is tiny, is false is not!

A confusing blog title like this is to remind why using ! in programming sometimes confuses other readers of your program. Let alone confusing people, sometimes due to big screens, rushing code review, different fonts etc., it is easy to miss ! in your statement.

I have been practicing empty string checks in C# using following convention for better readability.

if(string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(myValue) == false) doSomething();

However, recently I switched to following. I believe this is much easier to read.

if(string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(myValue) is false) doSomething();

Most probably you are still using the below and this is not incorrect.
It is just a matter of taste…

if(!string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(myValue)) doSomething();

Detailed deep dive can be found on official documentation:


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