Contract.OldValue<T> Method

Represents values as they were at the start of a method or property.

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

public static T OldValue<T>(
	T value

Type Parameters


The type of value.


Type: T
The value to represent (field or parameter).

Return Value

Type: T
The value of the parameter or field at the start of a method or property.

This method can be used only in the conditional expression for the Ensures contract.

The following example shows the use of the OldValue<T> method to ensure that a count has been updated. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the ContractClassAttribute class.

void IArray.Insert(int index, Object value)
    Contract.Requires(index >= 0);
    Contract.Requires(index <= ((IArray)this).Count);  // For inserting immediately after the end.
    Contract.Ensures(((IArray)this).Count == Contract.OldValue(((IArray)this).Count) + 1);


Supported in: 5, 4

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