Forbidden Void type in C#
I’ve had this come up a couple of times. I’d really like to be able to do something like this:
Func<bool, Void> whyNot = test => Console.WriteLine(test);
This is equivalent to:
Action<bool> okThisWorks = test => Console.WriteLine(test);
Although an actual Void type exists in the .NET Framework. There error is very specific:
error CS0673: System.Void cannot be used from C# -- use typeof(void) to get the void type object
It even calls out the C# language! Having a first class, supported Void type helps out quite a bit in various Functional Programming scenarios I’ve run into, and I’ve always had to resort to using the Action delegates.
I’m sure there’s a good reason for the explicit forbidding here, much like the generic variance issues. Not being on the C# team, I can’t really think of any. Anyone else have any insight here?