May 10, 2014

c# – Method Overloading: Have two or methods of the same name

Method Overloading is basically a technique that lets you have different versions of the same method, where each version of the method does a different thing.


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It essentially makes methods more versatile.

Each version of the method accepts different/types of input parameters.

The way you control which of version method you want to trigger, is by specifying the correct number/type of input parameters for that corresponding method.

In the following example, we have 2 methods, which in this case achieves the same goal by different means. The here is to instantiate an object:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

class Employee
public string Firstname { get; set; }
public int Age { get; set; }
public double Salary { get; set; }

// we are going to use a technique called method overloading
// as a way to have 2 methods of the same name,
// and leave it to c# to work out which method we want based
// on the input parameter provided when the method is called.

public Employee(string firstname, int age, double salary)

Firstname = firstname;
Age = age;
Salary = salary;

public Employee()
{ }


class Program
static void Main()

// Here we initialised the object using the
//default constructor
// to create the empty memory container.
Employee Dave = new Employee()
Firstname = "David",
Age = 35,
Salary = 35235.23
Console.WriteLine("{0} is {1} years old and earns £{2} per year.", Dave.Firstname, Dave.Age.ToString(), Dave.Salary.ToString());

// Here we used the constructor to create
Employee Jenny = new Employee("Jennifer", 22, 25023.50);

Console.WriteLine("{0} is {1} years old and earns £{2} per year.", Jenny.Firstname, Jenny.Age.ToString(), Jenny.Salary.ToString());