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Originally from the Boston (MA) area. Lived in SoCal for a while. Now in the Phoenix (AZ) area.

OpenVMS enthusiast, ISO 8601 evangelist, photographer, opinionated SOB, acknowledged pedant and contrarian

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GeneralOn overloading the increment and decrement operators PinPopular
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protectorPIEBALDconsult25-Feb-09 9:45 
None of the three C# books I have give guidance on overloading the increment and decrement operators. MSDN doesn't seem to either.
The Microsoft and ECMA specifications merely say it's not like in C++:

"
Note that the operator returns the value produced by adding 1 to the operand, just like the postfix increment and decrement operators (§7.5.9), and the prefix increment and decrement operators (§7.6.5). Unlike in C++, this method need not, and, in fact, must not, modify the value of its operand directly.
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and that's no help to me because I only dabbled in C++.

In my case, I expected it to be difficult, but because it is actually simple, it became difficult and confusing to me. The increment and decrement operators are different from the other operators, I expected the implementation to be different.
"Think our minds must be too highly trained, Majikthise." -- Vroomfondel

MSDN and mainstream books should explain how simple it is rather than expecting the reader to assume it is.

So here is what I think the documentation should say:

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When overloading the increment and decrement operators, do not set the value; simply return the new value, the compiler will take care of setting the value and returning the new or old value as appropriate.


return ( x + 1 ) ;     // Correct
return ( x = x + 1 ) ; // Incorrect

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