This documentation is archived and is not being maintained.

C# Language Specification

The C# Language Specification is the authoritative source for C# grammar and syntax. It contains detailed information about all aspects of the language and many points not covered in the Visual C# product documentation. The C# 3.0 specification has been updated and merged with earlier versions into a single document.

The C# Language Specification is available in Microsoft Word format from the following locations:

  • On MSDN online at the Visual C# Developer Center.

  • In Visual Studio, in the VC#\Specifications\1033\ directory under your Visual Studio 2008 installation directory.

If you do not have Microsoft Word installed on your computer, you can view, copy, and print the Word version of the specification by using the free Word Viewer 2003.