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Organizing a C# class library

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How can a class library be organized, similar to Microsoft's libaries where classes are in a tree structure, i.e. namespace.class.subclass.subclass.method.
Classes in my current library are organized on an inheritance level, but I'd like to be use them as outlined above.
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If you're wondering about how to organize your files in namespaces or how to name your namespaces, looking at big open-source projects usually works to get an idea of the structure.

The general rule for naming namespaces is to use the company name followed by the technology name and optionally the feature and design as follows:

CompanyName.TechnologyName[.Feature][.Design]

Prefixing namespace names with a company name or other well-established brand avoids the possibility of two published namespaces having the same name. Use a stable, recognized technology name at the second level of a hierarchical name.

The dot operator separates namespaces and/or classes, not classes and subclasses. If you have class B that extends class A you can't do
ClassA.ClassB
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You can put on top of each class, or in fact, surrounding any class, a "namespace" statement (different from a "using" directive). It looks as follows:

however, the inheritance is not so visible when you use the object browser. Instead, the object browser (I assume that's what you are referring to), shows the assemblies, and the assemblies usually follow the names of the namespaces (though some assemblies contain multiple namespaces and vice versa).

namespace myNameSpace.mySubNamespace   // you are free of choosing names here
{
   class myClass
   {
 
 
        class childClass
        {
        }
   }
 
 
}

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