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C#: any c# – .NET Enumeration allows comma in the last field – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/06

Thanks Nick Craver for answering this on StackOverflow.

Array initializers can be specified in field declarations (§17.4), local variable declarations (§15.5.1), and
array creation expressions (§

The array initializer can end in a comma, which makes some things way easier (boy, I wish I had this in other programming languages).

From Nick’s answer:

It has no special meaning, just the way the compiler works, it’s mainly for this reason:

public enum DependencyPropertyOptions : byte
Default = 1,
ReadOnly = 2,
Optional = 4,
DelegateProperty = 32,
Metadata = 8,
NonSerialized = 16,
//EnumPropertyIWantToCommentOutEasily = 32
[/language]By comment request: This info comes straight out of the ECMA C# Specification (Page 363/Section 19.7)

“Like Standard C++, C# allows a trailing comma at the end of an array-initializer. This syntax provides flexibility in adding or deleting members from such a list, and simplifies machine generation of such lists.”


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5 Responses to “C#: any c# – .NET Enumeration allows comma in the last field – Stack Overflow”

  1. Denis said

    IMO Delphi should have this too.

  2. jachguate said

    In Delphi/Pascal, I’m used to put the comma at the very begining of each line like this:

      MyOptions = (
        , moTwo
        , moThree
        , moOther
    //    , moSometimesCommented

    That way, I’m in trouble only if I want to comment the first enumeration value. I know it looks very ugly at the beginning, but it’s convenience made my eyes (and brain) to like the way it looks.

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