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What is a delegate, How many types of delegates are there

Asked by: Interview Candidate | Asked on: Sep 18th, 2006
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Answered On : Sep 30th, 2006

If we look at C++ there is a feature called callback function. This feature uses Pointers to Functions to pass them as parameters to other functions. Delegate is a similar feature but it is more type safe, which stands as a stark contrast with C++ function pointers. A delegate can hold reference/s to one more functions and invoke them as and when needed.                   A delegate needs the method's name and its parameters (input and output variables) when we create a delegate. But delegate is not a standalone construction. it's a class. Any delegate is inherited from base delegate class of .NET class library when it is declared. public delegate int Comparer(object obj1, object obj2);This delegate declaration defines the signature of a delegate handler method that this delegate can refer to.  The delegate handler method, for the Comparer delegate, can have any name, but must have a first parameter of type object, a second parameter of type object, and return an int type.

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Answered On : Dec 21st, 2006

View all answers by rayhan21

A delegate is a strongly type of pointers.through delegate we can call any function even the class is sealed & with delegate we can create our own events to the controlsthere are 2 type of delegatethey are 1.single delegate  2.multicast delegate

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Answered On : Sep 7th, 2010

View all answers by arulfcs

Delegate is a object that reference a method and it is type safe. It is like
C & C++ pointer if you assign delegate a method it will behave like a method
that can be used like method with parameters and returns a value.
It has 2 types.
1. Single cast delegates-it refer a one method at a time
2. Multicast delegates-it refer more than one method.

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deepak kumar choudhary

Answered On : Oct 12th, 2011

A delegate in C# is similar to a function pointer in C or C++. Using a delegate allows the programmer to encapsulate a reference to a method inside a delegate object. The delegate object can then be passed to code which can call the referenced method, without having to know at compile time which method will be invoked.

  1. using System;
  3. namespace Akadia.NoDelegate
  4. {
  5.     public class MyClass
  6.     {
  7.         public void Process()
  8.         {
  9.             Console.WriteLine("Process() begin");
  10.             Console.WriteLine("Process() end");
  11.         }
  12.     }
  14.     public class Test
  15.     {
  16.         static void Main(string[] args)
  17.         {
  18.             MyClass myClass = new MyClass();
  19.             myClass.Process();
  20.         }
  21.     }
  22. }

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deepak kumar choudhary

Answered On : Oct 12th, 2011

A delegate will allow us to specify what the function we'll be calling looks like without having to specify which function to call. The declaration for a delegate looks just like the declaration for a function, except that in this case, we're declaring the signature of functions that this delegate can reference.

  1. using System;
  3. namespace Akadia.BasicDelegate
  4. {
  5.     // Declaration
  6.     public delegate void SimpleDelegate();
  8.     class TestDelegate
  9.     {
  10.         public static void MyFunc()
  11.         {
  12.             Console.WriteLine("I was called by delegate ...");
  13.         }
  15.         public static void Main()
  16.         {
  17.             // Instantiation
  18.             SimpleDelegate simpleDelegate = new SimpleDelegate(MyFunc);
  20.             // Invocation
  21.             simpleDelegate();
  22.         }
  23.     }
  24. }

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Answered On : Oct 23rd, 2011

A delegate is a reference type variable , which holds the reference of a method. This reference can be changed at run time , as desired.

Two types of delegates :-
1. single-cast delegate - can call only one method at a time (derived from system.delegate)
2. multi-cast delegate - can call multiple methods at the same time. (derived from system.multicast.delegate)

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