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What’s new in C# 6.0? - nameof Expressions

Visual Studio 2015 , .NET 4.6 and C# 6.0 came up with lot many features. If you didn’t try the new IDE, download the preview version in a no... - Article authored by Kunal Chowdhury on .

Visual Studio 2015, .NET 4.6 and C# 6.0 came up with lot many features. If you didn’t try the new IDE, download the preview version in a non-production environment to get your hands dirty with it. You will definitely love the new features.


Today in this post we will learn about another new feature called “nameof” expression which will surely solve most of the problems a developer faces when playing with properties and notifications.



Don’t forget to read my previous posts on this series:


Most of the time developer faces issues with hard coded string literals when passing them as parameter to exception object or to property change event handler. If you are a developer working in any of the XAML technologies, you might already know the pain. If becomes more harder when in different file different names were used or sometime a misspelled word used while passing the property name to the PropertyChanged event handler for sending the notification to the UI.


Earlier to C# 6.0, just have a flash back to see how did we implement this. We pass the string name literal to the event handler method as shown below and most of the time, there’s a possibility of misspelled word:


Old ways to pass string (

But now, things got changed. You don’t have to specify any string literals here. Wondering how this can be achievable then? Now in C# 6.0 we have a new keyword named “nameof” which you can use to create the expression to specify the name. You just have to set the property to the nameof expression and it will do the magic and return a string literal.


Thus, nameof(Person) will return you string literal “Person” and nameof(person.Address.City) will return you string literal “City”. Here’s a code snippet to show you the implementation steps in your code and I am sure that, this will reduce your burden over the time. Isn’t it?


New nameof expressions in C# 6.0 (

Hope you liked the feature introduced by Microsoft in C# 6.0. Don’t forget to read my other posts on the same topic “What’s new in C# 6.0?” to find out all the new features introduced in C# 6.0 with Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6. This post was created demonstrating the same in Visual Studio 2015 Preview build, which might change in the final build.


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