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Dabbling in C#

So I’ve been strictly VB since starting at Lancaster Labs five years ago. Some of that must have worn off because I’m finding C# a little odd. What’s up with the code needed to wire up an event? VB is definitely easier for this.



Public Event SomeEvent(sender as Object, e as EventArgs)

Public Sub DoSomething()

RaiseEvent SomeEvent(Me, EventArgs.Empty)

End Sub



public event SomeEvent(Object sender, EventArgs e);

public void DoSomething()




private void OnSomeEvent()


if (SomeEvent != null)

SomeEvent(this, EventArgs.Empty);



Same result in the end, but which is more readable? I think the VB.

  1. Shane
    May 15, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    The only difference I see is that you have to check for null before you raise the event in C#. I guess VB.net does that under the covers?

  2. May 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    You also don’t need the separate “On____” method (although I guess that could be replaced by just the null check and event call). The “RaiseEvent” keyword does everything for you. I just think the VB is much more readable. If I didn’t know either language, the VB makes it obvious that an event is being raised.

  3. Aaron
    May 16, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    I agree with the VB is more readable comment.

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