Limitations of C#

I am currently going through the process of designing a pretty complex object hierarchy for a project, something that I haven’t done for a while. The big difference this time around is that I am doing the design to be put into C#, the new language that Microsoft introduced as part of .Net. The last time I’d done a hierarchy this complex, we’d been working in Java.

Anyway, I’ve just had a fairly frustrating time trying to create a hierarchy to meet my requirements in C#, made all the more annoying because I know I can do it in Java, and more than that, J#, the Microsoft version of Java can do it too. The problem is that I want to use overloaded and polymorphic properties, and C# just won’t have it. What I want to do is supported by the CLR, and by other .Net languages, just not C# or VB.Net.

This now leaves me with an interesting quandary. I can probably shoehorn a way around the limitations of the language – but it won’t be nice. Or I can write my object hierarchy in J#, and use it from C# without a problem. Decisions decisions…

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One thought on “Limitations of C#”

  1. As far as i know the syntax of c# looks fairly similar to c++ which definately supports what you are trying to do. Why not just port it over to c++ rather than rewrite it in j#. Then you can even do multiple inheritency and lots of other cool stuff.

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