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Friday, February 09, 2007

What's new in C# 3.0 ? Part 2

Consider the following , iam working in a project and i made a class and i made a simple method inside this class after small period i wanted to modify or add something in this method all what i have to do just back to the code of this function and modify its code , this is good

but what if this Method was in dll or was in a sealed class or i wanted to add method in a class of the primitive data types ? what can i do ?? the Extension Method was the Solution.

eg.. i want to add a small Method to the string type which return the second word in a given string
it will be like this

static class beta
public static string GetSecondWord(this string input)
string y="";
int count = 0;
bool flag = false ;
foreach (char c in input)
if (c == ' ')
flag = true;
if (flag == true && count == 1)
if( c != ' ')
y += c;

return y;

Notes :
  1. Make sure that the class is static
  2. Add this keyword before the type of the argument you want to extend.
so now you can write this code,

string x = "some string value";
string y = x.GetSecondWord();
That’s it.
See you in the Next Part isA


Ahmed Essawy said...

I am interesting to this series Gemo :) .
so I have question :
How Beta class joined to string class !!!!!
why joined with string class not X class as example ??

Mohamed Gamal El-Den said...

hi Essawy ,
Read The Note Num2 Carefully (Add this keyword before the type of the argument you want to extend. ) i extended the string Class in the prev. eg. about how Beta Class Joined the string Class .. this is the job of extension Method.

Ahmed Essawy said...

ok . thanks Geme .