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C# Nullable Types

  • In C# we cannot initialize any value data type with an undefined or null value such as int seatNumber = null, because in C# these value types are non-nullable by default.
  • We can assign null values by marks these types as nullable types in C# by using nullable type which is denoted  by a (?)  Question mark.
  • Assigning null values to Nullable data types are valid and acceptable after making these types as nullable types.
  • Nullable types are very useful when we work with databases.
  • Nullable data types has these 2 read only properties 1 – HasValue and 2 – Value, where HasValue is a bool property which returns true or false, if nullable type has a value that property returns true otherwise false. At the other hand is a Value property which contains the nullable type’s value.


using System;
namespace csharpBasic
    // Start class definition / declaration.
    class Program
        // Static main method void type declaration.
        static void Main(string[] args)
            // Initialize a nullable int data type zipCode with null value.
            int? zipCode = null;

            // Re-initialize nullable type zipCode with new value 5566.
            zipCode = 5566;

            // Print HasValue nullable type property.
            Console.WriteLine("Has nullable type value?: {0}", zipCode.HasValue);
            // Print nullable value through its Value property.
            Console.WriteLine("That value is: {0}", zipCode.Value);


        } // End of main method definition. 
    } // End of class. 

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