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ContractArgumentValidatorAttribute Class

.NET Framework 4.5

Enables the factoring of legacy if-then-throw code into separate methods for reuse, and provides full control over thrown exceptions and arguments.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.Diagnostics.Contracts.ContractArgumentValidatorAttribute

Namespace:  System.Diagnostics.Contracts
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Method, AllowMultiple = false)]
[ConditionalAttribute("CONTRACTS_FULL")]
public sealed class ContractArgumentValidatorAttribute : Attribute

The ContractArgumentValidatorAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodSupported in .NET for Windows Store appsContractArgumentValidatorAttributeInitializes a new instance of the ContractArgumentValidatorAttribute class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodSupported in .NET for Windows Store appsEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported in .NET for Windows Store appsGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported in .NET for Windows Store appsGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported in .NET for Windows Store appsToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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If your code uses explicit if-then-throw code to validate parameters, you may be employing helper methods that perform checks and throw particular exceptions on failure, as shown in the following example.

using System;

static class ValidationHelper 
{
   public static void NotNull(object argument, string parameterName) 
   {
      if (argument == null) throw new ArgumentNullException(parameterName, 
                                                            "The parameter cannot be null.");
   }
}

public class Example
{
   public void Execute(string value) 
   {
      ValidationHelper.NotNull(value, "value");

      // Body of method goes here.
   }
}

In this example, Execute has an elective precondition specifying that the parameter value should not be null. To enable the contract tools to recognize that the call to ValidationHelper.NotNull represents a contract, you can mark the called method with the ContractArgumentValidatorAttribute attribute. The Contract.EndContractBlock method call should be used to enable the tools to extract the proper specifications for document generation and static checking, as follows.

using System;
using System.Diagnostics.Contracts;

static class ValidationHelper 
{
   [ContractArgumentValidator]
   public static void NotNull(object argument, string parameterName) 
   {
      if (argument == null) throw new ArgumentNullException(parameterName, 
                                                            "The parameter cannot be null.");
      Contract.EndContractBlock();
   }
}

In addition to if-then-throw statements, the contract section of contract validator methods may contain calls to other contract validator methods. However, no other contracts (such as Contract.Requires, or Contract.Ensures) are allowed. Code that follows the Contract.EndContractBlock call is ignored by all contract tools.

The following example shows a range argument validator written in terms of an existing NotNull validator method.

using System;
using System.Diagnostics.Contracts;

static class ValidationHelper 
{
   [ContractArgumentValidator]
   public static void NotNull(object argument, string parameterName) 
   {
      if (argument == null) throw new ArgumentNullException(parameterName, 
                                                            "The parameter cannot be null.");
      Contract.EndContractBlock();
   }

   [ContractArgumentValidator]
   public static void InRange(object[] array, int index, string arrayName, string indexName)
   {
      NotNull(array, arrayName);

      if (index < 0) 
         throw new ArgumentOutOfRangeException(indexName, 
                                               "The index cannot be negative.");
      if (index >= array.Length) 
         throw new ArgumentOutOfRangeException(indexName, 
                                               "The index is outside the bounds of the array.");                                                     
      Contract.EndContractBlock();
   }
}

public class Example
{
   public void Execute(object[] data, int position) 
   {
      ValidationHelper.InRange(data, position, "data", "position");

      // Body of method goes here.
   }
}

From a specification point of view, the method MyMethod has the following three contracts:

Contract.Requires<ArgumentNullException>(data != null);
Contract.Requires<ArgumentOutOfRangeException>(position >= 0);
Contract.Requires<ArgumentOutOfRangeException>(position < data.Length);

In standard methods, calls to contract validator methods can be freely mixed with other contracts such as Contract.Ensures or Contract.Requires.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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