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how to retain a static class across forms

I am developing a windows mobile application with 5 input forms. As the data is entered into the form, i am writing it to a static class. After all 5 forms are entered, I save the data to the database. However, when I close form1 to load form2, the static class is getting reinitialized. How can I carry forward the same class, so the data is persistent. I tried it in a winform application and it worked but in the net CF application something is different, the class is getting destroyed everytime I call form.close event.
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how and where do you declare it?
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Declare the class var outside the form code, for example in program.cs

namespace TestStatic
      class MainClass
            public class staticDataClass{
                  public static int iData = 0;
                  public static string sData = "";
            public staticDataClass staticData = new staticDataClass();
            public static void Main (string[] args)
                  WinForm form = new WinForm ();
                  Application.Run (form);
                  //Console.WriteLine("Hello World!");
      public class WinForm : Form
            public WinForm ()
                  InitializeComponent ();
                  TestStatic.MainClass.staticDataClass.sData ="new value";

Does this meet your need?

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I want to keep the class static, so I dont have to instantiate it with each form load.. So I declared the class


public static class TestClass{
public static string data1 {get; set;}
public static string data2 {get; set;}
public static string data3 {get; set;}

And in my form1 , I have a Fill method that saves all the textbox data into TestClass as;

TestClass.data1 = TextBox1.Text;
and so on

Then form1 is closed on button click and in form2, something like
TestClass.data2 = TextBox1.Text;
lbl1.Text = TestClass.data1;  //data passed from form1 but I get a null reference exception here.

what happens if you remove "static" in the class definition? this way you get the same functionality but framework doesn't try to control when it loads it
Do you pass the static class by reference from form1 to form2? Otherwise you get a new class instance.

change the constructor of form2 to accept your static class as argument. Soemthing like this:

public class Form2{
     private TestClass myTestClass;
     Form2(ref Testclass testClass){
         this.myTestClass = testClass;
anywhere else, where you call Form2 include a reference of the TestClass
    Form2 _form2 = new Form2(ref myFirstTestClass);

But I would go with my first tipp and declare TestClass once globally ouside any Form code before the first form is instanciated.

but if its a static class I cannot create a new instance like you do. Is that right?

for eg:

private TestClass myTestClass will be invalid if MyTestClass is a static class.
why should you??? MyTestClass.data1 is available from anywhere MyTestClass is visible from
thats what I thought, but I am getting an empty string when I try to access data1 on form2. This whole thing works great in a simple winform application, but in a windows mobile application, it does not. The data is getting reset when I close the form.
no no, I mean without word "static" in the class definition
yes I tried that too. Only the members are defined as static, the class itself is public.
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