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1.7.10 Static constructors

Visual Studio .NET 2003

A static constructor is a member that implements the actions required to initialize a class. Static constructors cannot have parameters, they cannot have accessibility modifiers, and they cannot be called explicitly. The static constructor for a class is called automatically.

The example

using Personnel.Data;
class Employee
   private static DataSet ds;
   static Employee() {
      ds = new DataSet(...);
   public string Name;
   public decimal Salary;

shows an Employee class with a static constructor that initializes a static field.