31 Mar 2015
C# 6
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Continuing on from the previous post with auto-property initialisers, the second enhancement to auto-properties in C# 6 is proper support for read-only properties.

Before we get to the C# 6 solution, let us look at C# 1 and how we have done this in the past. In C# 1 we can remove the setter of a property to have a property which is read-only:

private int csharpOne = 42;

public int CSharpOne
{
    get { return csharpOne; }
}

With C# 2 auto-properties we did not get support for a read-only version. The closest we could get to the same functionality is limit the accessibility of the setter, for example:

   public int CSharpTwo { get; private set; }

Finally with C# 6 we get true read-only support in auto-properties, which allows us to assign the value using either the new auto-property initialiser syntax or in the constructor. For example:

public int CSharpSix { get; } = 42;

The changes to auto-properties really will have a lot of benefits for cleaner code. What do you think?

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Farah's picture

Thanks for a helpful blog being shared. Now I get better idea on this matter.

Jeff Redman's picture

I love your tips on C#6 and I find them really helpful to gain a better understanding of this highly potential language. Thanks for this great series.

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