casting – Can a downcast to a derived class with no data members be done in C#? – Education Career Blog

I’m attempting to make a wrapper using inheritance. In reality I am working with de-serialization code that has very generic names and I am looking to save a few keystrokes over the method that wraps an inner object.

public class Base
  public string Foo { get; set; }

public class Derived : Base
  public string Bar { get { return this.Foo; } }

Base base = new Base();

Derived d = (Derived)base;

I get an error trying to downcast. Is this type of thing possible in C#? There’s no additional data in the derived class so my C++ brain is telling me a downcast is possible…


Nope. Class identity is determined by more than just data layout (and that’s true in C++ too for non-POD types).

You might want to look into using extension methods to add additional functionality that doesn’t require storage of additional data.

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