This section provides reference material about C# keywords, operators, special characters, preprocessor directives, compiler options, and compiler errors and warnings.
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Provides links to information about C# keywords and syntax.
Provides links to information about C# operators and syntax.
C# Special Characters
Provides links to information about special contextual characters in C# and their usage.
C# Preprocessor Directives
Provides links to information about compiler commands for embedding in C# source code.
C# Compiler Options
Includes information about compiler options and how to use them.
C# Compiler Errors
Includes code snippets that demonstrate the cause and correction of C# compiler errors and warnings.
C# Language Specification
The C# 6.0 language specification. This is a draft proposal for the C# 6.0 language. Version 5.0 has been released in December 2017 as the Standard ECMA-334 5th Edition document.
The features that have been implemented in C# versions after 6.0 are represented in language specification proposals. These documents describe the deltas to the language spec in order to add these new features.
C# 7.0 Language Proposals
There are a number of new features implemented in C# 7.0. They include pattern matching, local functions, out variable declarations, throw expressions, binary literals, and digit separators. This folder contains the specifications for each of those features.
C# 7.1 Language Proposals
There are new features added in C# 7.1. First, you can write a
Main method that returns
Task<int>. This enables you to add the
async modifier to
default expression can be used without a type in locations where the type can be inferred. Also, tuple member names can be inferred. Finally, pattern matching can be used with generics.
C# 7.2 Language Proposals
C# 7.2 added a number of small features. You can pass arguments by readonly reference using the
in keyword. There are a number of low-level changes to support compile-time safety for
Span and related types. You can use named arguments where later arguments are positional, in some situations. The
private protected access modifier enables you to specify that callers are limited to derived types implemented in the same assembly. The
?: operator can resolve to a reference to a variable. You can also format hexadecimal and binary numbers using a leading digit separator.
C# 7.3 Language Proposals
C# 7.3 is another point release that includes several small updates. You can use new constraints on generic type parameters. Other changes make it easier to work with
fixed fields, including using
stackalloc allocations. Local variables declared with the
ref keyword may be reasssigned to refer to new storage. You can place attributes on auto-implemented properties that target the compiler-generated backing field. Expression variables can be used in initializers. Tuples can be compared for equality (or inequality). There have also been some improvements to overload resolution.
C# 8.0 Language Proposals C# 8.0 is available in preview. The following proposals are the current versions of the specifications for those features. Some are more complete; some are still a work in progress. The features that have shipped in previews include nullable reference types, recursive pattern matching, async streams, ranges and indexes, pattern based using and using declarations, and null coalescing assignment.
Provides a portal to Visual C# documentation.
Using the Visual Studio Development Environment for C#
Provides links to conceptual and task topics that describe the IDE and Editor.
C# Programming Guide
Includes information about how to use the C# programming language.