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C# in a Nutshell by Peter Drayton, Ted Neward, Ben Albahari

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Delegates Versus Function Pointers

A delegate is behaviorally similar to a C function pointer (or Delphi closure), but delegates can hold multiple methods, as well as hold the instance associated with each nonstatic method. In addition, delegates, like all other C# constructs used outside unsafe blocks, are type-safe and secure. This means that you’re protected from pointing to the wrong type of method or to a method you don’t have permission to access.

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