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Orcas - First try

23 Mar 2007 » »

After reading a post by Scott Guthrie on the new C# Orcas language features I decided to download Orcas and try them out.  (excited)

The new features I practiced with and love are:

  1. Object initializers
    Example:
    Prior to Orcas:

Person person = new Person();
person.FirstName = “Scott”;
person.LastName = “Guthrie”;
person.Age = 32;

Orcas:

Person person = new Person { FirstName=”Scott”, LastName=”Guthrie”, Age=32 };

I personally like this because I like to have a constructor initializer for all my objects.  That is no longer necessary. =)

  1. Collection initilizers
    Orcas:

List people = new List();

people.Add( new Person { FirstName = “Scott”, LastName = “Guthrie”, Age = 32 } );
people.Add( new Person { FirstName = “Bill”, LastName = “Gates”, Age = 50 } );
people.Add( new Person { FirstName = “Susanne”, LastName = “Guthrie”, Age = 32 } );

The new feature I played with that I’m still not to sure about is:

  1. Automatic Properties
    Example:
    Prior to Orcas:

public class Person {

private string _firstName;
private string _lastName;
private int _age;

public string FirstName {

get {
return _firstName;
}
set {
_firstName = value;
}
}

public string LastName {

get {
return _lastName;
}
set {
_lastName = value;
}
}

public int Age {

get {
return _age;
}
set {
_age = value;
}
}
}

Orcas:

public class Person {
public string FirstName { get; set; }
public string LastName { get; set; }
public int Age { get; set; }
}

Guthrie’s post has links to Bart deSmart’s blog where he shows what happens under the covers for each of these features.

More to come.