#1,150 – Generic Delegate Type as Parameter

You can use a generic delegate type as a parameter to a method.

Suppose that we have the following type:

        public delegate T Merger<T>(T thing1, T thing2);

We can now create a method that takes a constructed version of this type as a parameter.  We could then call the method as shown in the Main method.

        static void MergeInts(Merger<int> intMerger, int n1, int n2)
            int result = intMerger(n1, n2);

        public static int Add(int n1, int n2)
            return n1 + n2;

        static void Main(string[] args)
            MergeInts(Add, 5, 6);

We could also define a generic method that has a generic delegate parameter.

        static void MergeSomething<T>(Merger<T> someMerger, T thing1, T thing2)
            T result = someMerger(thing1, thing2);

We can then call this method as follows:

        public static Dog Breed(Dog mama, Dog papa)
                return new Dog(mama.Name + papa.Name);

        static void Main(string[] args)
            MergeSomething(Add, 5, 6);

            Dog dog1 = new Dog("Lassie");
            Dog dog2 = new Dog("Spuds");
            MergeSomething(Breed, dog1, dog2);

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