#1,152 – The Action Delegate Type

The .NET Framework includes the Action predefined delegate type that represents the signature of a method that accepts zero or more parameters and does not have a return value (i.e. returns void).

Overloads of Action are :

  • delegate void Action()
  • delegate void Action(T p1)
  • delegate void Action(T1 p1, T2 p2)
  • etc…

You might define your own delegate type:

        public delegate void Merger<T1,T2>(T1 thing1, T2 thing2);

        static void MergeIntAndString<T1,T2>(Merger<T1,T2> myMerger, T1 n, T2 s)
            myMerger(n, s);

        public static void ConcatIntString(int n, string s)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}{1}", n, s);

        static void Main(string[] args)
            MergeIntAndString(ConcatIntString, 42, "Adams");

However, you could instead use the Action delegate type, avoiding the definition of your own custom delegate type.

        static void MergeIntAndString<T1,T2>(Action<T1,T2> myMerger, T1 n, T2 s)
            myMerger(n, s);

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