Generic Type in constructor


I have a Generic Type Interface and want a constructor of an object to take in the Generic Interface.

public Constructor(int blah, IGenericType<T> instance)

I want the code that creates this object to specify the IGenericType (use Inversion of Control). I have not seen a way for this to happen. Any suggestions to accomplish this?

I want someone to create the object like:

Constructor varname = new Constructor(1, new GenericType<int>());
3/31/2009 2:02:22 PM

Accepted Answer

You can't make constructors generic, but you can use a generic static method instead:

public static Constructor CreateInstance<T>(int blah, IGenericType<T> instance)

and then do whatever you need to after the constructor, if required. Another alternative in some cases might be to introduce a non-generic interface which the generic interface extends.

EDIT: As per the comments...

If you want to save the argument into the newly created object, and you want to do so in a strongly typed way, then the type must be generic as well.

At that point the constructor problem goes away, but you may want to keep a static generic method anyway in a non-generic type: so you can take advantage of type inference:

public static class Foo
    public static Foo<T> CreateInstance<T>(IGenericType<T> instance)
        return new Foo<T>(instance);

public class Foo<T>
    public Foo(IGenericType<T> instance)
        // Whatever


IGenericType<string> x = new GenericType<string>();
Foo<string> noInference = new Foo<string>(x);
Foo<string> withInference = Foo.CreateInstance(x);
12/22/2017 5:45:06 PM

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