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I have been asked to Return a collection containing all the file names within the given directory (not including subdirectories). The code I have tried is below. It should be correct because the myPath.AsDirectory().GetFiles()
method returns a list of files contained by the directory (excluding sub-directories).

Right now, I have a red squiggly line underneath the word 'path' next to return. It says 'cannot implicitly covert type 'string' to 'Systems.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<string>' Why is this? How can I fix the code?

Kind regards

What I have tried:

public static IEnumerable<string> GetFiles(string path)
    return path; 

Posted 17-Jul-17 2:50am
Updated 17-Jul-17 3:11am
Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan 17-Jul-17 9:06am
Why are you returning the parameter itself?
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Solution 1

Your syntax is wrong on the first line of your method. Try something like this instead:
public static IEnumberable<string> GetFiles(string path)
  return Directory.GetFiles(path);
Member 13302374 17-Jul-17 9:06am
Cheers Pete
Pete O'Hanlon 17-Jul-17 9:12am
Not a problem. Glad to help.
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Solution 2

What you are doing (ironically) is that you are returning the same argument that was passed to the function. :laugh: What you need to do is, that you need to get the files from a directory and System.IO has everything that you need for this task.

public static IEnumerable<string> GetFiles(string path)
    return path.AsDirectory().GetFiles(); 
    // I don't know where you found this extension for string

// I would rewrite it to
public static IEnumerable<string> GetFiles(string path) {
    return Directory.GetFiles(path).ToList();

This would do the trick that you want it to do. Also note that this only returns the file names, not the directories — there is a different function in the System.IO namespace for that, look for it. :-)

Finally, just return the list (why are you returning a string? Obviously it should be a list of all the files).

Directory.GetFiles Method (String) (System.IO)[^]
Karthik Bangalore 17-Jul-17 11:00am
5 for the explanation
Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan 17-Jul-17 14:10pm
Thank you, Karthik!

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