CSharp Interview Questions: Part 3

  1. What is a pre-requisite for connection pooling?
    Multiple processes must agree that they will share the same connection, where every parameter is the same, including the security settings.
  2. What’s the implicit name of the parameter that gets passed into the class’ set method?
    Value, and it’s datatype depends on whatever variable we’re changing.
  3. How do you inherit from a class in C#?
    Place a colon and then the name of the base class.
  4. Does C# support multiple inheritance?
    No, use interfaces instead.
  5. When you inherit a protected class-level variable, who is it available to?
    Classes in the same namespace.
  6. Are private class-level variables inherited?
    Yes, but they are not accessible, so looking at it you can honestly say that they are not inherited. But they are.
  7. Describe the accessibility modifier protected internal.
    It’s available to derived classes and classes within the same Assembly (and naturally from the base class it’s declared in).
  8. C# provides a default constructor for me. I write a constructor that takes a string as a parameter, but want to keep the no parameter one. How many constructors should I write?
    Two. Once you write at least one constructor, C# cancels the freebie constructor, and now you have to write one yourself, even if there’s no implementation in it.
  9. What’s the top .NET class that everything is derived from?
  10. How’s method overriding different from overloading?
    When overriding, you change the method behavior for a derived class. Overloading simply involves having a method with the same name within the class.
  11. What does the keyword virtual mean in the method definition?
    The method can be over-ridden.
  12. Can you declare the override method static while the original method is non-static?
    No, you can’t, the signature of the virtual method must remain the same, only the keyword virtual is changed to keyword override.
  13. Can you override private virtual methods?
    No, moreover, you cannot access private methods in inherited classes, have to be protected in the base class to allow any sort of access.
  14. Can you prevent your class from being inherited and becoming a base class for some other classes?
    Yes, that’s what keyword sealed in the class definition is for. The developer trying to derive from your class will get a message: cannot inherit from Sealed class WhateverBaseClassName. It’s the same concept as final class in Java.
  15. Can you allow class to be inherited, but prevent the method from being over-ridden?
    Yes, just leave the class public and make the method sealed.
  16. What’s an abstract class?
    A class that cannot be instantiated. A concept in C++ known as pure virtual method. A class that must be inherited and have the methods over-ridden. Essentially, it’s a blueprint for a class without any implementation.
  17. When do you absolutely have to declare a class as abstract (as opposed to free-willed educated choice or decision based on UML diagram)?
    When at least one of the methods in the class is abstract. When the class itself is inherited from an abstract class, but not all base abstract methods have been over-ridden.
  18. What’s an interface class?
    It’s an abstract class with public abstract methods all of which must be implemented in the inherited classes.
  19. Why can’t you specify the accessibility modifier for methods inside the interface?
    They all must be public. Therefore, to prevent you from getting the false impression that you have any freedom of choice, you are not allowed to specify any accessibility, it’s public by default.
  20. Can you inherit multiple interfaces?
    Yes, why not.