#511 – Rules for Using Parameter Arrays

You can use the params keyword when declaring a method to define a parameter array, allowing you to pass a variable number of parameters to the method.

public void PerformCommands(params string[] commandList)
    foreach (string command in commandList)
        Console.WriteLine("Ok, I'm doing [{0}]", command);

You can then pass any number of parameters to the method.  Every parameter that you specify is added to the single array that is passed to the method.

kirby.PerformCommands(new string[] { "Sit", "Stay", "Come" });

When using the params keyword:

  • You can only define one parameter array for a given method
  • The parameter must be the last parameter specified
  • The array must be a single-dimensional array
  • You can’t use the ref or out modifiers on the parameter array or on any of the arguments
  • Each argument must be implicitly convertible to the type of the array’s elements

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One Response to #511 – Rules for Using Parameter Arrays

  1. Pingback: #512 – Two Ways to Pass Data to a Method that Takes a Parameter Array « 2,000 Things You Should Know About C#

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