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Silly thing I want from Ruby in C#

The trailing comma should be legal after the last array element like Ruby:  string[] names = new string[]{ “a”,   };

Trivial, but helpful here and there.

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  • Tom

    I’m pretty sure that C had this feature first. Trailing commas are legal in C. The reason I’ve seen quoted for this is that it made ‘machine generation’ of lists easier.

    Ref: ‘Deep C Secrets’

  • http://codebetter.com/blogs/jeremy.miller Jeremy D. Miller


    I want it for basically the reason above. I have an array that’s more or less a set of directives. I want to be able to CTRL-D and then change a little bit without worrying about the comma. Plus it simplifies codegen a little bit.

    I do get the reason for writing SQL that way, but I learned it like this:

    FIELD1 = ‘something';

    SQL just doesn’t look right to me any other way.

    And the guy doing .Net 1.1 (me) is probably more the Luddite than you.

  • http://community.hdri.net/blogs/chads_blog cmyers

    Hrm, that seems pretty lame for a language feature.

    It also doesn’t play well with line-by-line merge VCS’ like Subversion.

    A DBA I used to work with suggested this for multi-line comma-delimited list:

    , “is”
    , “the”
    , “last”
    , “part”

    That way a change to “part” won’t necessitate changing two lines (or the compiler, for that matter)

    Also works well in SQL scripts for list-of-columns, etc

  • BCS

    the use is in code like this

    new string[]{

    the comment at the end doesn’t break it.

  • http://community.hdri.net/blogs/chads_blog cmyers

    For us luddities, why is this helpful? (honest question, I’m afraid I’ve been missing something cool)

  • Brett

    its been in 2.0

  • http://codebetter.com/blogs/jeremy.miller Jeremy D. Miller

    It would help to get out of doing 1.1 legacy code, but I’m glad it’s there in 3.0.

  • http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu ScottGu

    Hmm – this compiles clean today (at least in C# 3.0)

    BTW, instead of:

    string[] names = new string[]{ “a”, };

    You can also now just write the code below (no need to specify the type twice):

    string[] names = new []{ “a”, };


    var names = new string[]{ “a”, };

    Hope this helps,


  • jmarlowe

    Um… it is.


  • Thomas Eyde

    A trailing comma is allowed in enums, so why not here? An inconsistent oversight?