Working with List in Structure c#

Posted on 2009-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-08

I have 2 structures, (example) 1 called Woords and the other one called Sentence.
Sentence contains nothing more then a List<> of Woords.

Now when I try to add Woords to the List on Sentence it says "NullReferenceException". Now I can understand that I need to create a New List before adding any items to it, but can't figure out how to do it with the structs.
See sample code below:


// my structs

public struct structWoords


           public string woord1;

           public string woord2;


       public struct structSentence


         public List<structWoords> woords ; 



Structs.structWoords myWords;

            myTest.woord1 = textBox1.Text;

            myTest.woord2 = textBox2.Text;

            Structs.structSentence mySentence = new Structs.structSentence();

            mySentence.woords.Add(myWords); // error happens here

//  I think the problem is that I don't make a new List but don't know how to do it with the struct...

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Question by:Pit76
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Expert Comment

ID: 24349811
You can't initialize variables in a struct, as far as I know.  You'll have to do it outside the struct:

mySentence.woords = new List<string>();

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zwei earned 500 total points
ID: 24349819
oops I meant
new List<structWoords>();

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Author Comment

ID: 24350044
where do i need to put that line of code then?

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31656982
Thx, I found where to put that line of code.. :)


Expert Comment

ID: 24350106

public struct structSentence


    public List<structWoords> woords; //cannot have instance field initializers in structs


public class structSentence2


    public List<structWoords> woords = new List<structWoords>();



structSentence mystruct = new structSentence();

mystruct.woords = new List<structWoords>();



structSentence2 mystruct2 = new structSentence2();

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