c# – How can I make class into an array? – Education Career Blog

I was searcing for some information, and I found a method like this:

public partial class Customer {        
    private string customerIDField;

    private string companyNameField;

    private string contactNameField;

    private string contactTitleField;

    private string addressField;

    private string cityField;

    private string regionField;

    private string postalCodeField;

    private string countryField;

    private string phoneField;

    private string faxField;
    // Other properties

Then the coder used this class like this. How?

private static Model.Customer BuildCustomers(SqlDataReader reader)
    if (reader.HasRows)
        List<Model.Customer> custs = new List<Model.Customer>();
        while (reader.Read())
            Model.Customer cust = new Model.Customer();
            cust.CustomerID = reader"CustomerID".ToString();
            cust.CompanyName = reader"CompanyName".ToString();
            cust.ContactName = reader"ContactName".ToString();
        return custs.ToArray();
    return null;

I really want to learn how this coder uses “Customer —–> Model.Customer “. Is there any method that does this?


Are you asking how to convert a Customer object in to an array?

There are a couple of ways to do it – the example you showed in the second piece of code built up a List by adding Customers, then converted the List to an array. This works well when you do not know how many customers you have, you keep adding to the list and create and array at the end and the array will be the correct size.

If you just have one customer object you could also create an array called customers with one element and add a customer object to it like this:

Model.Customer customers = new Model.Customer1;
customers0 = customer;

or, an even shorter way:

Model.Customer customers = new Model.Customer {customer};


Is your confusion over how the method is returning an array?

It’s just using List<T>.ToArray(). The list is built up one customer at a time, and then ToArray() is called at the end.


Like Jason says, you’re just returning an array of Model.Customers from the List<Model.Customer>. It is possible to access a class like an array, and that’s to use an indexer.

for example:

class Foo
     public string this int index
          get { return new string; }

This is then used like this:

Foo foo = new Foo();
string s = foo0;

Obviously you would want to do something to make Foo return some values depending on index, but that’s the basic way to do it.


I not sure what you would like to do here.

Do you want an Array of Customer? Or do you want to access the properties in Customer Class using an array type syntax?

to go through the code sample (2nd one)

the code makes an List of Customer,

creates a single customer which is populated via a DataReader (this repersents the Database data, which allows access via its column index or name)

the new cusomter is added to the List of customers

finally the List is converted into an Array (as its a List (Generic) it supports the conversion to a Customer with out the need of casting).


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