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Newbie Question regarding this syntax --> public HttpRequestToken(string rsaKey) : base(rsaKey)

I'm working through someones code and I'm not sure what is happening here.

Here's the method in question:

public HttpRequestToken(string rsaKey) : base(rsaKey)
{
}

This is called via this (the RSAKeyInXMLString is actually the RSA Signing Key as an XML string):

MyToken.HttpRequestToken oToken = new MyToken.HttpRequestToken (RSAKeyInXMLString);

Can anyone explain the syntax here? I'm confused over why this method is empty and what the ": base (rsaKey)" is all about?

Also after this, are these lines:

    oToken["UserID"] = idLoginName.Text;
    oToken["Password"] = idLoginPassword.Text;

Does this (oToken["SomeValue"]) represent some kind of Forms collection or something?

Cheers in advance.
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w3digitalAuthor Commented:
OK, I think I get it.

The ": base(rsaKey)" is refering back to the inherited class and passing it the key so in reality


public HttpRequestToken(string rsaKey) : base(rsaKey)
{
}

Is really calling this method in a different class:

public Token(string key)
            {
                  _des = new DESCryptoServiceProvider();
                  _des.GenerateIV();
                  _des.GenerateKey();

                  CspParameters cspParams = new CspParameters();
                  cspParams.Flags = CspProviderFlags.UseMachineKeyStore;

                  _rsa = new RSACryptoServiceProvider(cspParams);
                  
                  _rsa.FromXmlString(key);

                  EnsureDocument();
            }

Does that seem right?

Still no idea what the

oToken["UserID"] = idLoginName.Text;
oToken["Password"] = idLoginPassword.Text;

is all about though.

Ta.
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Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
Yes you are correct.

    base(rsaKey)

Means "pass the rsaKey value in my constructor to the contructor of the class I inherit from".

As for:

    oToken["UserID"] = idLoginName.Text;

Your HttpRequestToken class, or its base class, should have a method that looks something like:

     public string this[string key]
     {
     }

This is called an indexer and is usually used to expose some sort of collection object (ArrayList, HashTable, etc) stored inside the class and allows you to get/set values based on a name or index number. The specific signature may be a little different in your code, i'm just basing the sample above on what it probably looks like. The important part is "this[]" the return type and type within the square barackets may be different for you.
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w3digitalAuthor Commented:
Hey that's an awesome answer and perfect for what I need!!! I believe the code you are talking about is shown below?

So am I right in thinking that whatever I define as oToken["MyNewValue"] will become part of a dynamically created XML document (i.e. in the form of <MyNewValue>the value</MyNewValue>)? I suspected this but couldn't see where it was happening.

And I presume the code then checks if it already exists and if so it updates the value, otherwise it creates it as a new child node and appends it to the document?

Thanks so much that really helps me understand what's going on here.

public string this[string index]
            {
                  get
                  {
                        EnsureDocument(); // This ensures there is always an XML doc in place
                        XmlNode oNode = _document.SelectSingleNode("MyToken/Items/Item[@key='" + index + "']/@value");

                        if (oNode == null) return "";

                        return oNode.Value;
                  }
                  set
                  {
                        EnsureDocument();
                        XmlNode oNode = _document.SelectSingleNode("MyToken/Items/Item[@key='" + index + "']/@value");

                        if (oNode != null)
                              oNode.Value = value;
                        else
                        {
                              XmlElement oElement = _document.CreateElement("Item");
                              oElement.SetAttribute("key", index);
                              oElement.SetAttribute("value", value);

                              XmlElement oItems = (XmlElement)_document.SelectSingleNode("MyToken/Items");
                              oItems.AppendChild(oElement);
                        }
                  }
            }
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Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
It appears to be looking for an "Item" node with an attribute called "key" whose value is whatever you pass in for "index", and then sets the "value" attribute of that node to the value you specify, otherwise it creates a new "Item" node.

So, if you call:

    oToken["UserID"] = "Bob";

And the node doesn't already exist, then it will create a node in the form:

    <Item key="UserID" value="Bob" />

Which it then appends to the "Items" node of the document.
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w3digitalAuthor Commented:
Great stuff. Thanks again!
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