Capn Jack Capn Jack - 3 months ago 15
C# Question

C# an organized way to hide (clean up) many declared variables from my main?

So if I have a lot of long global string variables in my main that end up taking up a lot of lines in my main (around 500 to give you an idea) is there a way I can hide them somewhere else but still access them in my main? To better clarify, if this was c++ I'd just make a header with these variables defined and then link the header. Can I do the same with c#?

Here's an example of 1 of many parsed string arrays that contribute 500 lines of code to my main:

string [] m1756EN2T = @" MODULE Drives (Description := ""~"",
Parent := ""Local"",
ParentModPortId := 1,
CatalogNumber := ""1756-EN2T"",
Vendor := 1,
ProductType := 12,
ProductCode := 166,
Major := 10,
Minor := 1,
PortLabel := ""RxBACKPLANE"",
Slot := 5,
NodeAddress := """",
Mode := 2#0000_0000_0000_0000,
CompatibleModule := 1,
KeyMask := 2#0000_0000_0001_1111)
ExtendedProp := [[[___<public><ConfigID>131178</ConfigID></public>___]]]
ConfigData := [20,0,393217,33619969,256,0];
CONNECTION Input2(Rate := 500000,
EventID := 0)


END_MODULE".Split(new string[] { Environment.NewLine }, StringSplitOptions.None);`

EDIT: Please someone with more experience fix the code snippet, not sure what went wrong


If you just want to hide, use #region / #endregion

If you want something like C++ #include functionality, you can use partial class feature: split your class into multiple source files, some with the strings, another with the actual source code.

But IMO better solution is move the strings from C# source to some other place. For example, to a string table in a .resx file. This way the IDE will give you nice GUI for editing the data, and the built-in code generator will allow you to refer those strings from C# code by their symbolic names.