Steve Fenton

Code contracts fail to fire

If you are using Code Contracts in .NET and you find that they aren’t running, there are a few simple checks to perform to work out why those clever little definitions aren’t working.

If you have used Code Contracts a couple of times, these are the most likely reasons the Code Contracts aren’t doing anything when you call a method that you think is being checked.

Attribute Problem

It is highly likely that you’ve forgotten to add both of the required attributes – one to the interface and one to the contract definition.

public interface IRepository<T, in TId> where T : IEntity
internal abstract class ContractsForIRepository<T, TId> : IRepository<T, TId> where T : IEntity

Project Problem

It is also highly likely that you’ve forgotten to set up Code Contracts against your project in Visual Studio!

If you go to Project > Properties and select the Code Contracts tab, you may have forgotten to switch them on! Here are the settings I generally use – everything not mentioned is not ticked!

  • Assembly Mode: Standard Contract Requires
  • Runtime Checking > Perform Runtime Checking: Full
  • Static Checking > Perform Static Contract Checking: Yes
  • Static Checking > Check in Background: Yes
  • Static Checking > Show squiggles: Yes
  • Static Checking > Cache Results: Yes
  • Static Checking > Suggest Requires: Yes

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