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Old March 23rd, 2008, 02:55 PM
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Default ch06ex05 pg 146 problem

With only minor change to a name, i attempted to run this example. No luck. I get the error //D:\TrainingFiles\BegVCSharp\Chapter06\ch06ex05a\ch 06ex05a\ch06ex05a\Class1.cs(58): Use of unassigned local variable 'myProcess'. Any ideas? Does anyone get it to run? Here is the code:
    class Class1
        delegate double ProcessDelegate(double param1, double param2);

        static double Multiply(double param1, double param2)
            return param1 * param2;

        static double Divide(double param1, double param2)
            return param1 / param2;

        /// <summary>
        /// The main entry point for the application.
        /// </summary>
        static void Main(string[] args)
            ProcessDelegate myProcess; //declare the delegate

            Console.Write("Enter 2 numbers, separated by a comma: ");
            string input = Console.ReadLine();

            int commaPos = input.IndexOf(",");
            double p1 = Convert.ToDouble(input.Substring(0, commaPos));
            double p2 = Convert.ToDouble(input.Substring(commaPos + 1, input.Length - commaPos - 1));

            Console.Write("Enter M to Multiply or D to Divide: ");
            input = Console.ReadLine().ToUpper();

            //myProcess = new ProcessDelegate(Multiply);

            if (input == "M") //bad form, since "q" input caused divide
                myProcess = new ProcessDelegate(Multiply);
                if (input == "D")
                    myProcess = new ProcessDelegate(Divide);

            Console.WriteLine("Result: {0} ", (myProcess(p1, p2))); //use the delegate
            //we get this error
            //D:\TrainingFiles\BegVCSharp\Chapter06\ch06ex05a\ch 06ex05a\ch06ex05a\Class1.cs(58): Use of unassigned local variable 'myProcess'


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This warning says that there are situations where myProcess may have no value. That is, when you enter a value other than M or D, myProcess will still be null.

To avoid the error, assign null to myProcess when you declare it:
ProcessDelegate myProcess = null; //declare the delegate
Additionally, you may want to check if it's null before using it:
if (myProcess != null)
  Console.WriteLine("Result: {0} ", (myProcess(p1, p2))); 
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