'with' function?

Posted on 2003-11-25
Last Modified: 2010-04-16
Does C# have anything similar to Visual Basic's 'with' function?
Question by:derekthornton
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ID: 9819937


most people think that using the "using" statement is the same thing, but it is not.

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_TAD_ earned 50 total points
ID: 9819960
There are, however, a lot of other shortcuts you can use.

What code are you trying to shorten?  If you post it, we may be able to tidy it up for you.

The great thing about .Net is that many of its properties are really just references to other objects.

So instead of typing:
object1.child1.subchild2.subchild3.value1 = "something1";
object1.child1.subchild2.subchild3.value2 = "something2";
object1.child1.subchild2.subchild3.value3 = "something3";

many times you can say:

object1.child1.subchild2.subchild3 myObj;
myObj.value1 = "something1";
myObj.value2 = "something2";
myObj.value3 = "something3";
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Expert Comment

ID: 9819976
- It makes the code hard to read.
- Things like "myObject.MyOtherObject.TheThridObject.AIndexer[myObject.MyOtherObject.AValue].Name" are nothing but very bad programming style. So there's no reason to make it easier to do bad programming...
- Everything more than one, max. two steps away should not be accessed directly.
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Author Comment

ID: 9820116
I'm just trying to define the fileds of a struct, I can type them all in, it would just be easier with a 'with' like block. Thanks anyway!
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Expert Comment

ID: 9820203
Define a constructor on the struct.

public struct MyStruct
    int a;
    int b;
    int c;

    public MyStruct(int a, int b, int c)
        this.a = a;
        this.b = b;
        this.b = b;

Then call new MyStruct(1, 2, 3);

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ID: 9820537

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