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Syntax for method to shape data table into collection of objects (can't get generics right)

Posted on 2013-11-19
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Here's what I'm trying to accomplish:

public TCollection<TInterface> ShapeDataTable<TInterface, TImplementation, TCollection>(DataTable dataTable)
      where TImplementation : TInterface
      where TCollection : List
{
    TCollection<TInterface> _returnData = new TCollection<TInterface>();
    if (dataTable.Rows.Count > 0)
    {
        foreach (DataRow row in dataTable.Rows)
        {
            TInterface dataobj = Activator.CreateInstance<TImplementation>();
            ShapeRow<TInterface>(row, dataobj);
            _returnData.Add((TInterface)dataobj);
        }
    }
    return _returnData;
}

I'm getting errors on TCollection:
    "Using the generic type 'System.Collections.Generic.List<T> requires 1 type arguments"
    "The type parameter 'TCollection' cannot be used with type arguments

What do I need to do to get this method compiling?
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Question by:FrancineTaylor
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käµfm³d   👽 earned 2000 total points
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Try these modifications:

public TCollection ShapeDataTable<TInterface, TImplementation, TCollection>(DataTable dataTable)
    where TImplementation : TInterface
    where TCollection : IList<TInterface>, new()
{
    TCollection _returnData = new TCollection();

    if (dataTable.Rows.Count > 0)
    {
        foreach (DataRow row in dataTable.Rows)
        {
            TInterface dataobj = Activator.CreateInstance<TImplementation>();
            ShapeRow<TInterface>(row, dataobj);
            _returnData.Add((TInterface)dataobj);
        }
    }
    return _returnData;
}

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by:FrancineTaylor
ID: 39660339
Perfect!  Thanks for your help, kaufmed.
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