Simple Pleasures in SP 2010: TryGetList method
How many times has this happened to you?
SPSite site = new SPSite("url");
SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb();
SPList list = web.Lists["ListName"];
...because, of course, that list happens not to exist! Have you ever wished for a better approach than either "Try...Catch" or "loop through the whole mess"?
You just got your wish.
SharePoint 2010 includes a brand-new method on the SPListCollection, called TryGetList. This method returns a list if successful, but if not, it returns -- get this -- a null value! No more clumsy extra logic blocks every time you need to do something simple like grabbing a list. It's not rocket science, but the great innovations rarely are.