Integrating TimeProvider in .NET 8 for Efficient Order Processing in eShop Platforms

mr. sci. Admir Mujkic
2 min readDec 9, 2023

The release of .NET 8 has introduced the TimeProvider abstract class, a transformative addition for managing time in .NET applications. This class is particularly beneficial for e-commerce platforms where time plays a crucial role in various functionalities.

Integrating TimeProvider in .NET 8 for Efficient Order Processing in eShop Platforms

The Role of TimeProvider

TimeProvider provides methods like GetUtcNow() and GetLocalNow() that return DateTimeOffset, offering a more robust and testable alternative to the conventional DateTime.

Application in eShop Order Processing

In eShop scenarios, managing order processing times is critical. The TimeProvider can be particularly useful in services that determine whether an order is eligible for same-day shipping based on the order submission time.

Here’s an illustrative implementation:

public class OrderProcessingService
{
private readonly TimeProvider _timeProvider;

public OrderProcessingService(TimeProvider timeProvider)
{
_timeProvider = timeProvider;
}

public bool IsEligibleForSameDayShipping(Order order)
{
var currentUtcTime = _timeProvider.GetUtcNow();
var cutoffTime = GetCutoffTimeForSameDayShipping();

return order.SubmissionTime.UtcDateTime < cutoffTime.UtcDateTime;
}

// Assuming a method to get the cutoff time for same-day shipping
private DateTimeOffset GetCutoffTimeForSameDayShipping()
{
// Implementation to determine cutoff time
}
}

public class Order
{
public DateTimeOffset SubmissionTime { get; set; }
// Other order properties
}

Dependency Injection and Testing

Injecting TimeProvider into your eShop application simplifies the testing of time-dependent logic:

// In the IoC container setup
builder.Services.AddSingleton<TimeProvider>(TimeProvider.System);

For testing, TimeProvider can be replaced with FakeTimeProvider from the Microsoft.Extensions.TimeProvider.Testing package to simulate various time scenarios.

Conclusion

TimeProvider in .NET 8 is an essential tool for e-commerce applications, enabling precise and testable management of time-sensitive operations. It is highly recommended for developers seeking to enhance the robustness and reliability of their e-commerce platforms.

Cheers👋

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mr. sci. Admir Mujkic

Admir combined engineering expertise with business acumen to make a positive impact & share knowledge. Dedicated to educating the next generation of leaders.