Syntax Template Typography

When new C# syntax is introduced, the usual approach will be to give both specific examples and general templates. In general templates for C# syntax the typeface indicates the the category of each part:



Typewriter font

Text to be written verbatim


A place where you can use an arbitrary identifier.


A place where you can use an arbitrary expression (which might be a single variable name).

Normal text

A description of what goes in that position, without giving explicit syntax

An attempt is made with the parts that are not verbatim to be descriptive of the use expected.

As a start we can give some general syntax for declarations and assignment statements:

Declaration Syntax Options

type variableName ;

or with initialization:

type variableName = initialValue ;

or there can be a list of variables of the same type, for instance a list of three variables:

type variableName1 , variableName2 , variableName3 ;

Some or all of the variables in the list could also have initializers.

Space is allocated for each variable named, according to its type. Where there is an initializer, an initial value is set for the variable.

Assignment Syntax

variableName = expression ;

The expression is evaluated before its value is assigned to variableName.