#669 – Initializing Fields by Calling A Method

You can initialize fields in a class at the point where you declare them, using a constant.  You can also initialize a field to a value returned from a call to a method–as long as the method is not an instance method within the same class.

Here’s an example, where we call a static method in the same class to initialize a field.

    public class Dog
        private static string GenerateCreationInfo()
            return string.Format("I was created at {0}", DateTime.Now);

        public string CreationInfo = GenerateCreationInfo();

        public string Name { get; set; }
        public int Age { get; set; }

        public Dog(string name, int age)
            Name = name;
            Age = age;


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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.

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