#1,208 – C# 6.0 – Auto-Property Initializers Can Be Any Expression

An auto-property initializer, used to initialize the value of an auto-implemented property, can be any expression.  This includes the result of a method call.

Below, we initialize the value of the SecretName property to a value returned by the static function generateSecreteName.

    public class Dog
    {
        public string Name { get; set; }

        // DogCreationTime is immutable
        public DateTime DogCreationTime { get; } = DateTime.Now;

        public string SecretName { get; } = generateSecretName();

        public Dog(string name)
        {
            Name = name;
        }

        private static string generateSecretName()
        {
            Random rand = new Random();
            int numLetters = rand.Next(4, 13);  // 4-12 characters
            string name = "";
            for (int i = 1; i <= numLetters; i++)
                name = name + (char)('a' + rand.Next(0, 26));

            return name;
        }
    }
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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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