C# Get Set Properties - Concatenate string

Posted on 2010-09-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-10

I am very new to C# and OOP and are facing a problem which I was hoping could be resolved by using properties.

I wanted to build classes for all my API commands, so that I could quickly fill in the xml nodes, optional and mandatory ones without writing the xml every time.

    public class MyClass
        public string DeviceID { get { return DeviceID; } set { DeviceID = "<DEVICEID>" + value + "</DEVICEID>"; } }
        public string CommandID { get { return CommandID; } set { CommandID = "<COMMANDID>" + value + "</COMMANDID>"; } }
        public string CreationDateTime{ get { return CreationDateTime; } set { CreationDateTime= "<CREATIONDATETIME>" + value + "</CREATIONDATETIME>"; } }

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From this I could quickly build a parameter string for the webservice.

The project compiles, but when i run it, my memory goes up to 1,5 GB and then it crashes without any exceptions.

Are there any other ways that you guys could help me with? Alternative help me with the syntax here.

The webservice expects the call to be in the following format:

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Thank you,
Question by:amr-it
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Expert Comment

by:Vikram Singh Saini
ID: 33716376
The project  compiles, but when i run it, my memory goes up to 1,5 GB and then it  crashes without any exceptions.

(1) This line made me to think that the problem is of some memory leak in your program.

(2) Make sure that you are closing all resources, file handles and all types of connections in your program. There seems to some instance or open resource that is consuming your memory too much.

(3) If program have some sort of infinite loop then also program can go out of memory and hence can crash.

Cross check all points. There is no issue in properties.

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Accepted Solution

käµfm³d   👽 earned 65 total points
ID: 33716439
This line:

    public string CommandID { get { return CommandID; } set { CommandID = "<COMMANDID>" + value + "</COMMANDID>"; } }

Is an infinite loop because you are assigning a value to the property within the property itself. You cannot put logic inside of automatic properties. Automatic properties are properties ones where you allow the runtime to generate internal members for you. For example,

   public string MyVariable { get; set;}

is an automatic property because the runtime will create a hidden member to store the value MyVariable points to.

For your purpose, declare a private member and have your property point to it. Here is an example
private string _commandID;

public string CommandID { get { return this._commdandID; } set { this._commandID = "<COMMANDID>" + value + "</COMMANDID>"; } }

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Assisted Solution

by:Todd Gerbert
Todd Gerbert earned 60 total points
ID: 33716453
Your get and set's are circular...that is, your public string DeviceID { get { return DeviceID; } creates an endless loop - when I use MyClass.DeviceID, the get block is executed which calls DeviceID again, which executes the get block, which calls DeviceID again, which executes the get block, and so on.
I think you want your properties to look something like this...

using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Text;

namespace ConsoleApplication1


	class MyClass


		private string _deviceId;

		private string _commandId;

		private string _creationDateTime;

		public string DeviceID




				// Assign the "plain" device ID to _deviceId string var

				_deviceId = value;




				// Return the "plain" device ID plus XML

				return String.Format("<DEVICEID>{0}</DEVICEID>", _deviceId);



		public string CommandID


			set { _commandId = value; }

			get { return String.Format("<COMMANDID>{0}</COMMANDID>", _commandId); }


		public string CreationDateTime


			set { _creationDateTime = value; }

			get { return String.Format("<CREATIONDATETIME>{0}</CREATIONDATETIME>", _creationDateTime); }




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Expert Comment

by:Vikram Singh Saini
ID: 33716511

I didn't paid right attention to your properties code. kaufmed & tgerbert points are correct.

You are declaring your property in wrong ways. Rectify the mistake. However I pointed out for some infinite loop there. And this property declaration was the infinite loop.

Happy Programming!


Author Comment

ID: 33718377
Thank you for your comments! If there are other "nice" ways to solve this, I would appreciate suggestions of other ways of doing it.

Again, thank you.

Author Comment

ID: 33741519
Just to add, after this I found out that XmlSerializer could do my classes.


using System;

public class clsPerson


  public  string FirstName;

  public  string MI;

  public  string LastName;


class class1


   static void Main(string[] args)


      clsPerson p=new clsPerson();

      p.FirstName = "Jeff";

      p.MI = "A";

      p.LastName = "Price";

      XmlSerializer x = new XmlSerializer(p.GetType());

      x.Serialize(Console.Out, p);






<?xml version="1.0" encoding="IBM437"?>

 <clsPerson xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3






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