Covariance and Contravariance in C#

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To deal with classes effectively, use the concept of covariance and contra variance.

Let us consider the following as our class. One is a base class for class Two, whereas Two is a base class for Three.

class One { 
class Two: One {
class Three : Two { 

A base class can hold a derived class, but the opposite is not possible. With Covariance, you can pass a derived type where a base type is expected. Co-variance can be used on array, interface, delegates, etc in C#.

Contra variance is for parameters. A method with the parameter of a base class is allowed to be assigned to a delegate that expects the parameter of a derived class with Contravariance.

Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:23