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Attribute string literals should parse correctly

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An attribute's string literal parameter does not parse correctly for a URL, GUID, or Version.

Since attributes are derived from System.Attribute, and attributes are used at compile time, only constant values can be passed to their constructors. Attribute parameters that must represent URLs, GUIDs and Versions cannot be typed as Sytem.Uri, System.Guid, and System.Version, because these types cannot be represented as constants. Instead, they must be represented by strings.

Because the parameter is typed as a string, it is possible that an incorrectly formatted parameter could be passed at compile time.

This rule uses a naming heuristic to find parameters that represent a uniform resource identifier (URI), a Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) or a Version and verifies that the passed value is correct.

Change the parameter string to a correctly formed URL, GUID, or Version.

It is safe to exclude a warning from this rule if the parameter does not represent a URL, GUID, or Version.

The following example shows an attribute for a System.AssemblyFileVersionAttribute that violates this rule.

    [AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Assembly, Inherited = false)]
    public sealed class AssemblyFileVersionAttribute : Attribute
        public AssemblyFileVersionAttribute(string version);
        public string Version { get; }
// Since the parameter is typed as a string, it is possible
// to pass an invalid version number at compile time. The rule
// would be violated by the code below:
[assembly: AssemblyFileVersion("xxxxx")]

The rule is triggered by the following:

  • Parameters that contain ‘version’ and cannot be parsed to System.Version.

  • Parameters that contain ‘guid’ and cannot be parsed to System.Guid.

  • Parameters that contain ‘uri’, 'urn', or ‘url’ and cannot be parsed to System.Uri.

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