Class Library Delegate and Event Issues?

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I usually built a Class Libary within a Windows Forms project. I can test the class by using buttons and textboxes. I send the 'Status' messages to Form1 using a Delegate and Event as illustrated in the code example below. The problem arises when deploying the Class Libarary to be used with another executable. The unused Delegate causes an 'Object Reference' error if it's not instanctiated in the new executable. I want the option for class library status message returns if needed, but don't want to demand the delegate instanciation.

   [class library (.dll)]
   public delegate void JobManagerStatusEventHandler(string statusMessage);

    public static class JobSetup
    {
        public static event JobManagerStatusEventHandler StatusMessage;
    }
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Commented:
then, you must initialice the object in your dll
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I'm not sure I fully understand your question, but in C# you should be checking to see if any event handlers have been attached to your event by comparing the event to null prior to invoking it.

e.g.

public static void SomeMethod()
{
    if (StatusMessage != null)
    {
        StatusMessage("Hello World!");
    }
}

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you must create the object, because the class is static is created in memory and you must create one instance for related objects

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/79b3xss3%28v=vs.80%29.aspx
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Commented:
Q, Anyway to use a cool ?? operator instead?

        StatusMessage(??  : "Hello World!");
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What would you use it for? The coalesce operator ( ?? ) returns the first non-null argument in its parameter list. You haven't really shown something that can be null (outside of the event). If you had something like:

public delegate void JobManagerStatusEventHandler(string statusMessage);
private static string message = null;

public static class JobSetup
{
    public static event JobManagerStatusEventHandler StatusMessage;
}

public static void SomeMethod()
{
    if (StatusMessage != null)
    {
        StatusMessage(message ?? "Hello World!");
    }
}

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...then sure.

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Cool, thanks again

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