Sunday, 15 February 2009

Fixing to be Unsafe

The fixed statement is used in the context of the unsafe modifier. Unsafe declares that you are going use pointer arithmetic(eg: low level API call), which is outside normal C# operations. The fixed statement is used to lock the memory in place so the garbage collector will not reallocate it while it is still in use. You can’t use the fixed statement outside the context of unsafe.

Example


public static void PointyMethod(char[] array)
{
   unsafe
   {
        fixed (char *p = array)
        {
            for (int i=0; i<array.Length; i++)
            {
                System.Console.Write(*(p+i));
            }
        }
    }
}

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