This is second and last part of the post on Nullable type series. You can view the first part from here:
In this series, I will be talking about certain rules that we need to take care of while using Nullable type. I will be taking it scenario wise.
object c = a;
long d = (long)c;
It will be compiled successfully but will throw an Invalid Cast Exception. Means, you cannot cast it to any other type except the underlying type which is here int although int type can be hold by long.
But the below lines will run successfully:
long d = (int)c;
long? d = (int)c;
Because here we are converting to an underlying type int which we can assign to long as it is a widening conversion.
Now let’s move to another point.
Guess what will be the output of the below lines:
Is it System.Nullable<Int32>. No
This actually shows System.Int32. So beware.
Few More Things
- We can use Unary operator over Nullable type. It will be
null if it has no value or
null else applies the operator.
- Binary operators also can be used with Nullable type. Give it a view:
int? a = 7;
This will print
12. But what if:
This will print nothing because the addition result will be
null. So be sure, during any binary operation if one operand (or does not have any value) is
null. The result will also be
null (or would not have any value).
Hope both posts will give you all a fair enough knowledge of Nullable types. Do share if you have some more points in this. I will add those here..
Happy C# coding.
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