#1,137 – Generic Methods in Non-Generic Classes

A non-generic class can contain both generic and non-generic methods.

    // Non-generic class
    public class Dog
        public string Name { get; set; }

        public Dog(string name)
            Name = name;

        // Non-generic method
        public void Bark()

        // Generic method
        public void Bury<T>(T thing)
            Console.WriteLine("{0} is burying: {1}", Name, thing);

A generic class can also contain both generic and non-generic methods.

  • Generic methods are methods that introduce a type parameter not present in the generic class
  • Both generic and non-generic methods can make use of the generic class’ type parameters
    // Generic class
    public class Pile<T>
        List<T> pile = new List<T>();

        // Non-generic method
        public void Add(T item)

        // Generic method (introduces T2)
        public void AddWithOtherThing<T2>(T item, T2 otherThing)
            Console.WriteLine("Other thing is {0}", otherThing);

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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 #1,137 – Generic Methods in Non-Generic Classes

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