Visual Studio Next Generation: Language Enhancements

Initializers

The next version of Visual Basic will support initialization of variables on the line in which they are declared. Initializers can be used anywhere including inside a control structure. The semantics of a procedure level declaration, which includes an initalizer, is the same as a declaration statement immediately followed by an assignment statement. In other words, this statement:

Dim X As Integer = 1

is equivalent to these statements:

Dim X As Integer X = 1

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