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C# Generics - now!

I'm porting a fair amount of Delphi code to C#.  The code doesn't make much use of libraries - it basically involves classes that define elaborate data structures. Is pretty ugly because of all the casting that needs to happen because Delphi doesn't have typed collections. I know, it does, sort of, but I just don't want to set up all that machinery.

With the current Visual Studio, I have to chose between arrays and ArrayLists (or whatever), neither of which gives me the succinctness that I want.

Does Microsoft have something that I can use now? Please point me somewhere else if there is a better source for this information.

Or should I just go with Python, Lisp, etc? Performance would be great, but what I most need is readability and maintainability.       

Corporate Dork
Wednesday, February 18, 2004


It provides an abstract class for making strongly-typed collections.  There are examples on MSDN.  Not nearly as cool as generics, though.  <g>

Robert Jacobson
Thursday, February 19, 2004

You can also use DictionaryBase (in the same namespace), to create dictionary-like behaviour.

The samples in MSDN show that it is trivial to set up.

I've used these base classes to create several strongly-typed collections and they seem to work beautifully.

Steve Jones (UK)
Thursday, February 19, 2004

might give you some usefull stuff

Just me (Sir to you)
Thursday, February 19, 2004

Chris Nahr
Thursday, February 19, 2004

I've converting collections from an old VB6 program to C#. After much googling, I found an article in The Code Project very useful for this.

This collection implements IDictionary, IEnumerable, and internal ArrayList, and a Hashtable. I found it very handy.


Thursday, February 19, 2004

A second for CodeSmith. Until there's generics in .NET, then generative coding is the only way to go for this kind of stuff.

Brad Wilson (
Thursday, February 19, 2004

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