CA1005: Avoid excessive parameters on generic types

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TypeName AvoidExcessiveParametersOnGenericTypes
CheckId CA1005
Category Microsoft.Design
Breaking Change Breaking

Cause

An externally visible generic type has more than two type parameters.

Rule Description

The more type parameters a generic type contains, the more difficult it is to know and remember what each type parameter represents. It is usually obvious with one type parameter, as in List<T>, and in certain cases with two type parameters, as in Dictionary<TKey, TValue>. If more than two type parameters exist, the difficulty becomes too great for most users (for example, TooManyTypeParameters<T, K, V> in C# or TooManyTypeParameters(Of T, K, V) in Visual Basic).

How to Fix Violations

To fix a violation of this rule, change the design to use no more than two type parameters.

When to Suppress Warnings

Do not suppress a warning from this rule unless the design absolutely requires more than two type parameters. Providing generics in a syntax that is easy to understand and use reduces the time that is required to learn and increases the adoption rate of new libraries.

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CA1007: Use generics where appropriate

See Also

Generics