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  1. #1
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    Jan 2011

    Unhappy Regarding what to type in to the parameter of this function

    Hello, I am just began working on the software development and have few questions about some function as I have not used C# for like a year. Here is my question, In the function at the bottom, I am just wondering what "([Optional, DefaultValue(Constants.SilentLoud.Loud)]" stands for. Is it kinda like a data type? and then, what should I type in to this parameter when I need to call this function? Could you please explain what it stands for and what it does?

    The function is:

    Public object Close([Optional, DefaultValue(Constants.SilentLoud.Loud)] Constants.SilentLoud silent)

    Thank you very much!

  2. #2
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    Dec 2007

    Re: Regarding what to type in to the parameter of this function

    It isn't the data type. The data type is actually Constants.SilentLoud .... what's in the brackets actually says that the parameter is optional... and if you don't explicitly pass in a value, then use the Constants.SilentLoud.Loud value.

    as for what to pass it, you can pass nothing, or a valid Constants.SilentLoud value.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2011

    Re: Regarding what to type in to the parameter of this function

    hhmmm...Didn't know optional values worked like that, or in that syntax anyways in C#. Can someone give an example of a code that will compile which uses optional param?

    As a rule of thumb, for me atleast, I try not to use optional params (I work with vb6 also and have seen it in a lot of procedures). If you feel like you need to pass/return value(s), in most cases, it shouldn't be an optional param but a required param.

  4. #4
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    Jan 2010

    Re: Regarding what to type in to the parameter of this function

    Well, up to C# 4 the language design team was against optional parameters, advocating the use of method overloading instead, but then they changed their mind, probably somewhat influenced by the whining of all the people doing COM interop and having to pass Type.Missing a dozen of times for unused parameters.

    Now, "[Optional, DefaultValue(Constants.SilentLoud.Loud)]" are just 2 attributes combined (like the ones available in VB.NET), but it is somewhat unusual for a developer to write something like that, because there's an alternate syntax that's way more easier to read:

    public object Close(Constants.SilentLoud silent = Constants.SilentLoud.Loud)

    C# 4 now also supports named parameters (in Smaltalk fashion). All in all, it's not such a big deal, it just makes coding more convenient and/or more readable.

    For example:
    public static string SayHi(string firstName, string lastName = string.Empty)
        if (lastName == string.Empty)
            Console.WriteLine(Hello there, " + firstName + "!";
            Console.WriteLine(Hello there, " + firstName + " " + lastName + "!";
    // and when u call it in main()
    // or
    SayHi("Duke", "Nukem");
    // or with named params
        firstName: "Duke",
        lastName: "Nukem"    // optional

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