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Creating C# classes

Creating C# classes
Object Oriented Software Development 3. Creating C classes www.ThesisScientist.comC classes  Create an OO program by writing classes  Need to understand structure and syntax of C classes  Programming language syntax is the set of rules which specify what is valid within the language  C syntax is similar to Java in many ways, but there are some important differences  We will look in detail at example C classes www.ThesisScientist.comC example class code  ClassesDemo project  Employee.cs  Program.cs  Location.cs  Department.cs  TimeSheet.cs www.ThesisScientist.comCode blocks  Related code enclosed in brackets  namespace  class  method  if/for/while  try/catch  Each opening bracket must have a matching closing bracket www.ThesisScientist.comCode blocks  Blocks are often nested  Indent code inside blocks for readable code  Makes structure of code much more understandable  VS usually automatically indents, if there are no syntax errors in code  Can force VS to format code with Edit Format Document menu option www.ThesisScientist.comNamespaces  We are creating a class called Employee  Someone else might also create a class called Employee  No problem...  ...unless two classes with the same name become part of the same application  Could happen if you include classes from a class library in your application www.ThesisScientist.comCode reuse  It is very common to use classes in more than one program  Encapsulation makes this straightforward in object oriented programming  Each class is a selfcontained component with a public interface  Class libraries are groups of classes designed to be used in other programs  Most programs will use .NET Framework library classes, and often other libraries www.ThesisScientist.comNamespaces  Solution namespaces  Creating class within a namespace gives the class a (more) unique name  Name of class is ClassesDemo.Employee  This is called the fully qualified name www.ThesisScientist.comNamespaces  Can define each class in a separate file or define multiple classes within a file  Can define multiple classes within a namespace block in a file  Can specify the same namespace in separate files  Usually all the classes in a project belong to the same namespace www.ThesisScientist.comUsing other namespaces  Can use classes which are not part of your project  May need to add Reference within your project  Put using statement(s) at the top of your code file allows you to use the class name  Otherwise would need to use fully qualified name www.ThesisScientist.comUsing other namespaces  Often need to include namespaces for .NET framework class library classes  Allows you to use the System.Console class  needed to print output in console applications  Can have as many usings as you need www.ThesisScientist.comInstance variables (fields)  Define the attributes which each instance of the class (i.e. objects) can have  Each object can have its own values for the instance variables  Declaring an instance variable:  Specify access (public/private) for each field  Specify type  By convention, name of variable is not capitalised www.ThesisScientist.comInstance variable declarations Instance variables in Employee class Note that type can be the name of another class in your application to set up “hasa” relationship access modifier type name www.ThesisScientist.comConstants  Constants  Value can’t be changed once set  Use const key word www.ThesisScientist.comStatic variables  Static variables  Same value for all instances of a class  Use static key word  Also know as class variables in TimeSheet class  Can be accessed using name of class, without creating an instance  Not constant, can be changed, change applies to all instances of class www.ThesisScientist.comConstructors  Constructor is called when an object is created  Used to initialise new object  Constructor has same name as class  Can specify parameters for constructor  Can have multiple constructors with different parameter lists (overloading)  Allows objects to be initialised in different ways www.ThesisScientist.comConstructors  Default constructor  No parameters  Implicit if no constructors defined  Creating objects  Use new keyword  Constructor selected according to parameters supplied  Compiler error if no matching constructor found www.ThesisScientist.comConstructors www.ThesisScientist.comMethods  A method defines a single action which an object can perform  Method can return a value  Method may need information (parameters)  Signature is method name + return type + parameter types  Can have methods in a class with same name but different signatures overloading  Code to perform action defined in code block www.ThesisScientist.comCohesion of methods  Good object oriented design aims for high cohesion  Each method should perform a single task  Name of method should describe what the task is  A method should perform a task related to the class it is in  As a result, methods often contain relatively short segments of code  Can be as short as a single statement, or can contain a more complex algorithm www.ThesisScientist.comAlgorithms  To write a method you need to devise an algorithm to solve the problem  Set of instructions for carrying out the method’s task  Construct from:  Sequence – individual statements, in order  Selection  Iteration www.ThesisScientist.comSelection and iteration  Useful programming constructs which may be needed within class methods  Selection  Choosing from two or more actions to take based on the value of a variable  Iteration  Repeating actions  Loops www.ThesisScientist.comSelection: ifelse www.ThesisScientist.comSelection: switch www.ThesisScientist.comIteration  for  while  also have dowhile, foreachin www.ThesisScientist.comMethod example  RecordOvertime method of Employee class returns no value – return type is void  Code for method includes an ifelse construct www.ThesisScientist.comCalling methods  Call method by specifying method name and parameters  This sends a message to Employee object emp1  Note that code in RecordOvertime method of Employee sends message to TimeSheet object by calling its AddEntry method www.ThesisScientist.comCalling methods  Set value of variable to return value if method return type is not void  Example – calling Employee’s TotalOvertime method www.ThesisScientist.comStatic methods  Class methods – don’t need to create an instance to use method  Example – IncreaseMaxEntriesBy method in TimeSheet class www.ThesisScientist.comStatic methods  Often used in utility classes which provide methods which can be called without an instance  Example System.Math framework library class  constants, e.g. PI  methods, e.g. Sin www.ThesisScientist.comMain method  The Main method is the entry point of an .exe program; it is where the program control starts and ends  Main is declared inside a class or struct  Main must be static and it should not be public  Main can either have a void or int return type.  The Main method can be declared with or without a string parameter that contains commandline arguments www.ThesisScientist.comProperties  Classes can have attributes, or instance variables which are usually declared as private  Sometimes need to provide a way for other classes to read or change the values of attributes  Can write getter and setter methods  C provides a neater solution – properties  Public properties encapsulate private instance variables www.ThesisScientist.comProperties  Property (usually) encapsulates an instance variable  Property is public  By convention property names are capitalised  e.g. name variable – Name property  Control access by providing get, set blocks  Readonly access by providing get block only  Get/set blocks usually simply read/set variable value, but can include other code www.ThesisScientist.comEmployee class properties Attribute Property name Name: get only username Username: get only location no property, changed by Move method phoneNumber PhoneNumber: get and set none Email: get, depends on value of username attribute  Note – this version of class defines Email as a property rather than a method www.ThesisScientist.comUsing properties  Properties are accessed using simple syntax  Properties are not methods – no brackets or parameters www.ThesisScientist.comStatic properties  Can encapsulate class variables in static properties  Example – MaxEntries property in TimeSheet www.ThesisScientist.comComments  Code comments  Comment line starts with //  To help programmer reading code  XML comments  Comment line starts with ///  XML describes purpose, parameters, return types, etc  To help programmer reusing code  Used in documentation/VS object browser www.ThesisScientist.comXML comments www.ThesisScientist.comMembers  The following are collectively known as the members of a class  Properties  Methods  Events (we’ll look at these later) www.ThesisScientist.comFurther reading  C classes can have some features which are not found in other OO languages  Events, delegates, indexers  We will look at some of these later on as we need them  MSDN has information on these   The following article is closely related to this chapter  Explained/ www.ThesisScientist.comKey OO concepts  Codereuse  Encapsulation  Information hiding www.ThesisScientist.comWhat’s next  We will look in more detail at C and .NET types and the way in which variables in a .NET program are stored
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