#1,099 – Overloading the Increment Operator

You can overload the increment (++) operator in a class, providing custom increment functionality for an object.

The example below shows an overloaded increment operator defined in a Dog class.  The effect is to add 1 to the age of the dog.  We are careful to return a reference to the object that was passed in so that no other data in the instance changes.

    public class Dog 
    {
        // Increment a Dog
        public static Dog operator ++(Dog d)
        {
            d.Age++;
            return d;
        }

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

        public Dog(string name, int age)
        {
            Name = name;
            Age = age;
            Nickname = "?";
        }

        public override string ToString()
        {
            return string.Format("{0}, Age {1}, Nickname [{2}]", Name, Age, Nickname);
        }
    }

We can use the operator as follows:

            Dog kirby = new Dog("Kirby", 10);
            kirby.Nickname = "Ball Chaser";
            Console.WriteLine(kirby);

            kirby++;
            Console.WriteLine(kirby);

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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.

One Response to #1,099 – Overloading the Increment Operator

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