Auto Property Initializers in C# 6.0

Published on January 3, 2015 by abundantcode

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The .NET Framework 3.0 introduced the auto-implemented properties which was quite useful but it had one drawback . This did not have an option to specify the default value to the property .

Here’s an example of the auto-implemented property in C#.

public class Employee
{
    public string Name { get; set; }
}

If you had to specify the default value to property , you must either initialize the value in the constructor or by specifying the explicit backing field.

public class Employee
{
        public Employee()
        {
            Name = "Abundantcode";
        }
        public string Name { get; set; }
}

Auto Property Initializers in C# 6.0

If you want to specify the default value for the property , you can use the auto property initializers in C# 6.0 to do it.

Below is a code snippet demonstrating how to initialize a property with a value with the new auto-property initializer feature in C# 6.0.

public class Employee
{
        public string Name { get; set; } = "Abundantcode";
}
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