Chapter 10. Extension methods

This chapter covers

  • Writing extension methods
  • Calling extension methods
  • Method chaining
  • Extension methods in .NET 3.5
  • Other uses for extension methods

I’m not a fan of inheritance. Or rather, I’m not a fan of a number of places where inheritance has been used in code that I’ve maintained, or class libraries I’ve worked with. As with so many things, it’s powerful when used properly, but its design overhead is often overlooked and can become painful over time. It’s sometimes used as a way of adding extra behavior and functionality to a class, even when no real information about the object is being added—where nothing is being specialized.

Sometimes that’s appropriate—if objects of the new type should carry ...

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