C# assignment results in null reference

Posted on 2007-07-29
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-11-07
Here is a portion of a User Control class, UserControlTask:

    public interface ITaskItem
        void Run();
        bool Check();
        string buttonText { get; }
        string itemID { get; }
        Form1 daddy { get; set; }
        ProgressBar pb { get; set; }

    public partial class UserControlTask<T> : UserControl where T : ITaskItem, new()
        T t;
        public delegate void Run_();
        public Run_ Run;
        public delegate bool Check_();
        public Check_ Check;

        public string itemID;

        private Form1 daddy;

        public UserControlTask(Form1 sender, int y)
            Top = y;
            t = new T();
            itemID = t.itemID;

            daddy = sender;

            t.daddy = sender;        /* <- problem here */
            t.pb = this.progressBarTask;    /* <- problem here */

            Run = new Run_(t.Run);
            Check = new Check_(t.Check);
            buttonTask.Text = t.buttonText;

progressBarTask is a Progress Bar in the user control. You can see that I instantiate an object of type T and use accessors to save references to my main form, and to progressBarTask in the user control. However, instead, both t.daddy and t.pb evaluate to null after the assignment (where "problem here" is commented). The object is derived from a class Task, which contains the accessors:

    abstract class Task : ITaskItem
        private Form1 daddy_;
        private ProgressBar pb_;
        public SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection("server=x;user=x;password=x");

        public Task()

        protected string itemID_;
        protected string buttonText_;

        public Form1 daddy
            get { return daddy_; }
            set { daddy_ = daddy; }

        public ProgressBar pb
            get { return pb_; }
            set { pb_ = pb; }

        public string itemID
            get { return itemID_; }

        public string buttonText
            get { return buttonText_; }

        public abstract void Run();
        public abstract bool Check();

...SO... why is it that I can't make that assignment?
Question by:tbragsda

Accepted Solution

thuannguy earned 500 total points
ID: 19587684
You must write the getter like this:
 public Form1 daddy
            get { return daddy_; }
            set { daddy_ = value; }  //<-- must be 'value'

        public ProgressBar pb
            get { return pb_; }
            set { pb_ = value; } //<-- must be 'value'

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