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Type Design Guidelines

The guidelines presented in this section help library designers choose between various designs and implement types correctly.

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For more information on design guidelines, see the "Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries" book by Krzysztof Cwalina and Brad Abrams, published by Addison-Wesley, 2005.

Types and Namespaces

Describes guidelines for organizing types and namespaces for discoverability.

Choosing Between Classes and Structures

Describes guidelines for implementing functionality in classes and structures.

Choosing Between Classes and Interfaces

Describes guidelines for implementing functionality in classes and interfaces.

Abstract Class Design

Describes guidelines for designing abstract classes.

Static Class Design

Describes guidelines for designing static classes.

Interface Design

Describes guidelines for designing interfaces.

Structure Design

Describes guidelines for designing structures.

Enumeration Design

Describes guidelines for designing simple and flags enumerations.

Nested Types

Describes guidelines for designing nested types.

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