Friday, October 02, 2009

C# Interview Questions

C# Interview Questions

Few Interview questions which I have collected from various sources and posting here so it can be easily available to you friends. Please go through it.

General Questions

  1. Does C# support multiple-inheritance?
  2. Who is a protected class-level variable available to?
    It is available to any sub-class (a class inheriting this class).
  3. Are private class-level variables inherited?
    Yes, but they are not accessible. Although they are not visible or accessible via the class interface, they are inherited.
  4. Describe the accessibility modifier “protected internal”.
    It is available to classes that are within the same assembly and derived from the specified base class.
  5. What’s the top .NET class that everything is derived from?
  6. What does the term immutable mean?
    The data value may not be changed.  Note: The variable value may be changed, but the original immutable data value was discarded and a new data value was created in memory.
  7. What’s the difference between System.String and System.Text.StringBuilder classes?
    System.String is immutable. System.StringBuilder was designed with the purpose of having a mutable string where a variety of operations can be performed.
  8. What’s the advantage of using System.Text.StringBuilder over System.String?
    StringBuilder is more efficient in cases where there is a large amount of string manipulation. Strings are immutable, so each time a string is changed, a new instance in memory is created.
  9. Can you store multiple data types in System.Array?
  10. What’s the difference between the System.Array.CopyTo() and System.Array.Clone()?
    The Clone() method returns a new array (a shallow copy) object containing all the elements in the original array.  The CopyTo() method copies the elements into another existing array.  Both perform a shallow copy.  A shallow copy means the contents (each array element) contains references to the same object as the elements in the original array.  A deep copy (which neither of these methods performs) would create a new instance of each element's object, resulting in a different, yet identacle object.
  11. How can you sort the elements of the array in descending order?
    By calling Sort() and then Reverse() methods.
  12. What’s the .NET collection class that allows an element to be accessed using a unique key?
  13. What class is underneath the SortedList class?
    A sorted HashTable.
  14. Will the finally block get executed if an exception has not occurred?­
  15. What’s the C# syntax to catch any possible exception?
    A catch block that catches the exception of type System.Exception.  You can also omit the parameter data type in this case and just write catch {}.
  16. Can multiple catch blocks be executed for a single try statement?
    No. Once the proper catch block processed, control is transferred to the finally block (if there are any).
  17. Explain the three services model commonly know as a three-tier application.
    Presentation (UI), Business (logic and underlying code) and Data (from storage or other sources).

Class Questions

  1. What is the syntax to inherit from a class in C#?
    Place a colon and then the name of the base class.
    Example: class MyNewClass : MyBaseClass
  2. Can you prevent your class from being inherited by another class?
    Yes. The keyword “sealed” will prevent the class from being inherited.
  3. Can you allow a class to be inherited, but prevent the method from being over-ridden?
    Yes. Just leave the class public and make the method sealed.
  4. What’s an abstract class?
    A class that cannot be instantiated. An abstract class is a class that must be inherited and have the methods overridden. An abstract class is essentially a blueprint for a class without any implementation.
  5. When do you absolutely have to declare a class as abstract?
    1. When the class itself is inherited from an abstract class, but not all base abstract methods have been overridden.
    2. When at least one of the methods in the class is abstract.
  6. What is an interface class?
    Interfaces, like classes, define a set of properties, methods, and events. But unlike classes, interfaces do not provide implementation. They are implemented by classes, and defined as separate entities from classes.
  7. Why can’t you specify the accessibility modifier for methods inside the interface?
    They all must be public, and are therefore public by default.
  8. Can you inherit multiple interfaces?
    Yes.  .NET does support multiple interfaces.
  9. What happens if you inherit multiple interfaces and they have conflicting method names?
    It’s up to you to implement the method inside your own class, so implementation is left entirely up to you. This might cause a problem on a higher-level scale if similarly named methods from different interfaces expect different data, but as far as compiler cares you’re okay.
    To Do: Investigate
  10. What’s the difference between an interface and abstract class?
    In an interface class, all methods are abstract - there is no implementation. In an abstract class some methods can be concrete. In an interface class, no accessibility modifiers are allowed.  An abstract class may have accessibility modifiers.
  11. What is the difference between a Struct and a Class?
    Structs are value-type variables and are thus saved on the stack, additional overhead but faster retrieval.  Another difference is that structs cannot inherit.

Method and Property Questions

  1. What’s the implicit name of the parameter that gets passed into the set method/property of a class?
    Value. The data type of the value parameter is defined by whatever data type the property is declared as.
  2. What does the keyword “virtual” declare for a method or property?
    The method or property can be overridden.
  3. How is method overriding different from method overloading?
    When overriding a method, you change the behavior of the method for the derived class. Overloading a method simply involves having another method with the same name within the class.
  4. Can you declare an override method to be static if the original method is not static?
    No. The signature of the virtual method must remain the same.  (Note: Only the keyword virtual is changed to keyword override)
  5. What are the different ways a method can be overloaded?
    Different parameter data types, different number of parameters, different order of parameters.
  6. If a base class has a number of overloaded constructors, and an inheriting class has a number of overloaded constructors; can you enforce a call from an inherited constructor to a specific base constructor?
    Yes, just place a colon, and then keyword base (parameter list to invoke the appropriate constructor) in the overloaded constructor definition inside the inherited class.

Events and Delegates

  1. What’s a delegate?
    A delegate object encapsulates a reference to a method.
  2. What’s a multicast delegate?
    A delegate that has multiple handlers assigned to it.  Each assigned handler (method) is called.

Debugging and Testing Questions

  1. What debugging tools come with the .NET SDK?
    1. CorDBG – command-line debugger. To use CorDbg, you must compile the original C# file using the /debug switch.
    2. DbgCLR – graphic debugger. Visual Studio .NET uses the DbgCLR.
  2. What does assert() method do?
    In debug compilation, assert takes in a Boolean condition as a parameter, and shows the error dialog if the condition is false. The program proceeds without any interruption if the condition is true.
  3. What’s the difference between the Debug class and Trace class?
    Documentation looks the same. Use Debug class for debug builds, use Trace class for both debug and release builds.
  4. Why are there five tracing levels in System.Diagnostics.TraceSwitcher?
    The tracing dumps can be quite verbose. For applications that are constantly running you run the risk of overloading the machine and the hard drive. Five levels range from None to Verbose, allowing you to fine-tune the tracing activities.
  5. Where is the output of TextWriterTraceListener redirected?
    To the Console or a text file depending on the parameter passed to the constructor.
  6. What are three test cases you should go through in unit testing?
    1. Positive test cases (correct data, correct output).
    2. Negative test cases (broken or missing data, proper handling).
    3. Exception test cases (exceptions are thrown and caught properly).
  7. Can you change the value of a variable while debugging a C# application?
    Yes. If you are debugging via Visual Studio.NET, just go to Immediate window.