Thursday, November 20, 2008

C# 4 - Default Parameters

Coming from a C++ background, I'm really pleased that there'll eventually be default parameters built into the next version of C#. But I do think that C++ had a much cleaner way of handling them: it would only allow defaults from right to left, for instance:
void foo(int a, int b, int c=3, int d=4)
It wouldn't let you do:
void foo(int a=1, int b=2, int c, int d)
C# will, so for the example above, you'd end up with method calls that could look like:
foo( ,  , 3, 4)
One feature that I still really miss from C++ is const. This keyword could be applied to methods or parameters, so a method declared as:
void foo(int a, int b) const
would be guaranteed to not modify the state of the object (except for mutable members) A method declared as:
void foo (const Person person)
would be guaranteed to not modify the person. Maybe C# 5?

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