C# Quixotic-ness

So having finally decided to learn C# / .NET in earnest, and having been using it for a while now I’ve there are some aspects of C# I find exotic.

I come from a long and exclusive C++ background, I’ve been a C++’er for 10 years give or take, some things in C# feel just plain wierd: –

  • Not matching delete‘s with my new‘s
  • Not worrying so much about memory management
  • Having to use the ref keyword when calling a method with a reference parameter
  • Mixed implementation / definition, as opposed to header and implementation files
  • The non-deterministic nature of object destruction, excepting the use of the using keyword for object disposal

On the whole though, I find I quite like it, although I have a sneaking suspicion that, in some way, .Net and/or C# is encouraging me towards sloppy programming practices, or perhaps it’s just that C++ feels stricter in some way.

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Phil Harding

SharePoint Consultant, Developer, Father, Husband and Climber.

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