Usage guidelines

This section contains guidelines for using common types in publicly accessible APIs. It deals with direct usage of built-in Framework types (e.g., serialization attributes) and overloading common operators.

The System.IDisposable interface is not covered in this section, but is discussed in the Dispose Pattern section.


For guidelines and additional information about other common, built-in .NET Framework types, see the reference topics for the following: System.DateTime, System.DateTimeOffset, System.ICloneable, System.IComparable<T>, System.IEquatable<T>, System.Nullable<T>, System.Object, System.Uri.

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System.Xml Usage
Equality Operators

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Reprinted by permission of Pearson Education, Inc. from Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries, 2nd Edition by Krzysztof Cwalina and Brad Abrams, published Oct 22, 2008 by Addison-Wesley Professional as part of the Microsoft Windows Development Series.

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