#521 – Namespaces Help Organize Types

In C#, a namespace is a collection of related types.  The fully qualified name of every type actually includes the namespace that it’s defined in.

You use the namespace keyword to define a namespace.  All types defined within the pair of braces that follow the namespace name then belong to that namespace.

In the example below, the Dog class belongs to the DogLibrary namespace.

namespace DogLibrary
{
    public class Dog
    {
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public int Age { get; set; }

        public void Bark()
        {
            Console.WriteLine("WOOOOOF!");
        }
    }
}

Because Dog is defined within the DogLibrary namespace, the fully qualifed name of the Dog type is DogLibrary.Dog.

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Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

3 Responses to #521 – Namespaces Help Organize Types

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