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i have a function like so:

public void myFunction(ref ProgressBar progBar)
{
  ...
}

i want the progBar argument to be optional, and then be able to test to see if they want to use a progBar or not inside the function, so i tried something like:

public void myFunction()
{
  myFunction(null);
}

public void myFunction(ref ProgressBar progBar)
{
  if (progBar != null)
  {
    ...
  }
  else
  {
    ...
  }
}

i know this sort of thing would have worked in C++, but this doesn't compile in C#, saying the best overloaded method doesn't work with the null value, cannot convert from ProgressBar to null.  what is the best way to acheive what I'm trying to do?

thanks,

justin
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by:jj819430
ID: 9905346
yeah, C-sharp is different from C++ in that way. But another way to do it, if I understand you correctly, is to use a boolean value.

I think you are saying if they want a progress bar.

so set
bool progBar = false; //as a start. You can set to true if you want the default to have the bar.

public void myFunction(ref ProgressBar progBar)
{
  if (progBar)
  {
    ...
  }
  else
  {
    ...
  }
}
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magnus23 earned 1000 total points
ID: 9905683
HI newstandard !
Following code works perfectly in C#, all you have to do is add ref when parameter in a function call. This will not work if you pass null itself, but with object that is set to null it works fine.

private void Form1_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
    ProgressBar pr=null;
    myFunction(ref pr);
}
public void myFunction( ref ProgressBar progBar)
{
      
      if (progBar != null)
      {
            MessageBox.Show("object is not null");
      }
      else
      {
            MessageBox.Show("object is  null");
      }
}

Good Luck!
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by:newstandard
ID: 9905959
thanks
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by:razziel
ID: 9908767
Ok, your doing something wrong because c# does support overloading.

Theres an error in your code, i didnt test but im positive thats your problem. ProgressBar is a reference-type, so you dont need the ref keyword, since what gets passed is a reference itself.
Try it, im sure itll compile

Hope it helps
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by:razziel
ID: 9908839
just loose the ref keyword from your method and you can then call myFunction(null) directly

btw, there should be an edit option after submiting :)
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by:newstandard
ID: 9911983
interesting - thanks for the tip
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