Chapter 3 – General Coding

SAMS CSHARP 4.0 (P.62) 03/01/2011, 10:27PM

Essential and general C# knowledge that doesn’t fit easily into other chapters

Declare Variables

int x = 13; // declare and define
int y; // declare
y=13; // then define

Use Type Inference (Implicit Typing)
Highly useful in LINQ.
VAR — you want to declare a variable and assign it a value, without having to figure out the type, but still take adv of strong typing. You are merely giving the job of figuring out the type to the compiler. Once done, type can’t change!!!

can use for a local variable but not a class variable!!!

var x=13;
var myObj = new MyType();
// var myNullValue = null; //not allowed to set to NULL
**** but you can set it to NULL after defined
var myNullobj = new MyType();

foreach is a good place to use var.

Defer Type Checking to RunTime (Dynamic Types)

You want to delay type resolution until runtime.
Use the dynamic keyword for your variables and method parameters.

Use Dynamic Typing to Simplify COM Interop

var app=new Excel.Application();
// to avoid casting, use dynamic
dynamic sheet – app.ActiveSheet;

Declare Arrays

(1) int[] array1 = new int[4];
array[0]=13; array[1]=14; array1[2]=15; array1[3]=16;
(2) int[] array1 = new int[4] {13,14,15,16};
(3) int[] array1=new int[] {13,14,15,16};
(4) int[] array1 = {13,14,15,16};
// easiest

Applies to anything that implements IEnumerable

Create Multi-Dimentional Arrays

2D or 3D array

first decide which type of multi-dimentional array you need. (1) rectangular or (2) jagged

rectangular: same size rows

int[,] myarray1 = new int[,] {

float val=myarray1[0,1]; // the value is 2

jagged: like arrays of arrays

int[][] myarray1 = new int[3][];
myarray1[0]=new int[] {1,2,3};
myarray1[1]=new int[] {4,5,6,7,8};
myarray1[2]=new int[] {9,10,11,12};

int val = myarray1[0][1]; // the value is 2

Alias a NameSpace

to abbreviate the namespace in the using section; good for intellisense

using WPFControls = System.Windows.Controls;
using Acme = Acme.Widget.Controls;

Use the Conditional Operator (? 🙂

bool condition = true;
int x = condition? 13:14;


int x = y > 3 ? 5:6;

*** You can also use it to execute method, e.g.:

bool condition = true;
condition ? ExecuteSucceed() : ExecuteFail();

It will execute a method depending on the condition.

Use the Null-Coalescing Operator (??)

k can be null; if n != null, then k=n; else k=-1
int? k = n ?? -1;

Add Methods to Existing Types with Extension Methods (P.71)

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