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troubleshooting Question

Easier way to have a dictionary of dictionarys like typedefs

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MickyMcFlag for Ireland asked on
.NET ProgrammingC#
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AAAAHHAHAHAHHHAHHAHHH  ok sorry but this should be simple...

I have a sorted Dictionary with the key as string and a class like below
          SortedDictionary<String, MyClass>
Now I want to add a manager class so I can have a collection of these sorted dictionaries.. like so    SortedDictionary<String, SortedDictionary<String, MyClass>>

So in my manager class I want to return the Dictionary of Dictionares so I might have a method called GetManager.. like so... SortedDictionary<String, SortedDictionary<String, MyClass>> GetManager()
However to the outside world this is meaningless. I want to typedef this as you would in C++ but you can only do that with the Using clause and it has to be in each file. I also read some where to wrap it up in a class but it did say it was bad practice.. so I,'m only getting into C# and dont want bad practices.

So please tell me how do other developers over come this so that i have something like
 SortedDictionary<String, SortedDictionary<String, MyClass>> ClassManager;
ClassManager GetManager() {...}  

or better still

SortedDictionary<String, MyClass> MyClassCollection;
SortedDictionary<String, MyClassCollection> ClassManager;
ClassManager GetManager() {...}  

I was even thing of having my ClassManager class inherit from  SortedDictionary<String, SortedDictionary<String, MyClass>> but didnt know if this was possible or bad practive also.

Thanks M
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