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I've written 2 classes, the second one inherits from the first class. In the first class i have a property that has been declared as overridable.
I've created the property in the second class, but everytime i try to use it i get the error: An unhandled exception of type 'System.StackOverflowException' occurred in test1.exe

The original classes are rather large to post here, but i've created a small test program that does exactly the same; heres the code

1st Class
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Public Class Item

    ' private members
    Private m_ItemName As String


    ' property
    Public Overridable Property ItemName() As String
        Get
            Return m_ItemName
        End Get
        Set(ByVal Value As String)
            m_ItemName = Value
        End Set
    End Property

End Class

2nd Class
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Public Class BiggerItem
    Inherits Item

    ' another prrivate member
    Private m_ItemDescription As String

    Public Property ItemDescription() As String
        Get
            Return m_ItemDescription
        End Get
        Set(ByVal Value As String)
            m_ItemDescription = Value
        End Set
    End Property

    Public Overrides Property ItemName() As String
        Get
            Return Me.ItemName
        End Get
        Set(ByVal Value As String)
            Me.ItemName = Value
        End Set
    End Property


End Class

now on a form i've dropped a button, with the following code

dim example1 as new BiggerItem
example1.ItemName = "Argh!"

As soon as it hits the second line i get the error, but i dont know hwo to fix it.
Any help appreciated.

Thanks

Roland
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by:RonaldBiemans
ID: 12230510
Hi Roland,

it shouldn't be me but mybase

like

Public Overrides Property ItemName() As String
        Get
            Return MyBase.m_ItemName
        End Get
        Set(ByVal Value As String)
            MyBase.m_ItemName = Value
        End Set
    End Property
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RonaldBiemans earned 1000 total points
ID: 12230564
sorry forgot one thing

this

Private m_ItemName As String

should be

Friend m_ItemName As String

or you could return the property of the base class (which is better) like

Public Class Item2

    ' private members
    Private m_ItemName As String


    ' property
    Public Overridable Property ItemName() As String
        Get
            Return m_ItemName
        End Get
        Set(ByVal Value As String)
            m_ItemName = Value
        End Set
    End Property

End Class


Public Class BiggerItem
    Inherits Item2

    ' another prrivate member
    Private m_ItemDescription As String

    Public Property ItemDescription() As String
        Get
            Return m_ItemDescription
        End Get
        Set(ByVal Value As String)
            m_ItemDescription = Value
        End Set
    End Property

    Public Overrides Property ItemName() As String
        Get
            Return MyBase.ItemName
        End Get
        Set(ByVal Value As String)
            MyBase.ItemName = Value
        End Set
    End Property
End Class




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by:rpter
ID: 12230777
thanks, but just one quick question.
Why Friend instead of private? It works if i leave it as private...
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by:rpter
ID: 12230813
doesnt matter, just realised!
Thanks again
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by:RonaldBiemans
ID: 12230826
Hi rpter, it will work in the last example I gave you.

it won't work when you do this (because m_itemname is not exposed to mybase if it is private)

Public Overrides Property ItemName() As String
        Get
            Return MyBase.m_ItemName
        End Get
        Set(ByVal Value As String)
            MyBase.m_ItemName = Value
        End Set
    End Property
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