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.NET/C#: two ways of creating an empty array

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/18

Empty arrays are not used often as arrays usually are about the presence data, not about the absence.

Here are two ways based on the int data type in C# (the original [WayBackexamples [WayBack] are using string, but since string itself is also a kind of array…):

Specify a size of zero:

int[] a = new int[0];

Specify an empty initialisation:

int[] a = new int[] { };

Though many people think arrays are a thing of the past, I think it is one of the first generic types and have their place. For one, enumerating over arrays using foreach is a lot faster in many environments than enumerating over other data types. Another thing is that the fixed nature of arrays can be very beneficial in setting constraints.

That’s why I like the balanced view from Eric Lippert [WayBack] in Arrays considered somewhat harmful – Fabulous Adventures In Coding – Site Home – MSDN Blogs [WayBack]

–jeroen

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