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Like the previous lesson, in this lesson too we will discuss some miscellaneous C# concepts. In this lesson we will introduce you to the is operator, as operator and the readonly fields.

The is operator
The is operator supports run time type information. It is used to test if the expression is of certain type and evaluates to a Boolean result. It can be used as a conditional expression. It will return true if the expression is not NULL and the expression can be safely cast to type. The following example illustrates this concept:
class horse {
class Cat {
if (o is horse)
   Console.Writeline(“it’s a horse”);
else if (o is Cat) 
   Console.Writeline(“it’s a dog”);
   Console.Writeline(“what is it?”);
The as operator
The as operator attempts to cast a given operand to the requested type. The normal cast operation – (T) e – generates an InvalidCastException where there is no valid cast. The as operator does not throw an exception; instead the result returned is null as shown below:

expression is type ? (type) expression : (type) null

Readonly fields
Readonly field are instance fields that cannot be assigned to. That is, their value is initialized only once and then cannot be modified. This is shown in the following example:
class Pair 
   public Pair(int x, int y) 
      this.x = x; 
      this.y = y; 
   public void Reset() 
      x = 0; 	// compile time errors
      y = 0; 
   private readonly int x, y; // this declares Pair as 
                              // an immutable read only object

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