July 28, 2014
Indicates to compilers that a method call or attribute should be ignored unless a specified conditional compilation symbol is defined.
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
Thetype exposes the following members.
|Equals||Infrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)|
|Finalize||Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)|
|GetHashCode||Returns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)|
|GetType||Gets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)|
|Match||When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)|
|MemberwiseClone||Creates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)|
|ToString||Returns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)|
You can apply the attribute to methods and classes. However, its use on classes is valid only for types that are derived from Attribute. either will be ignored or will produce a compiler warning or error message if you apply it to any other type.
Applying to a method indicates to compilers that a call to the method should not be compiled into Microsoft intermediate language (MSIL) unless the conditional compilation symbol that is associated with is defined. Applying to an attribute indicates that the attribute should not be emitted to metadata unless the conditional compilation symbol is defined. Any arguments passed to the method or attribute are still type-checked by the compiler.
You can use the following techniques to define conditional compilation symbols:
Compiler command-line options (for example, /define:DEBUG).
Environment variables in the operating system shell (for example, set DEBUG=1).
Pragmas in the source code (for example, #define DEBUG to define the compilation variable and #undef DEBUG to undefine it).
Compilers that comply with the Common Language Specification (CLS) are permitted to ignore . The C#, J#, and Visual Basic compilers support ; the C++ and JScript compilers do not support the attribute.
is applied to the methods that are defined in the Debug class.