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C# Coding Standard

Rule:  6@103Checked automatically with code checker

Synopsis:All flow control primitives (if, else, while, for, do, switch) shall be followed by a block, even if it is empty
Severity Level:3
Category:Control flow


Example 1:

if (DoAction())
    result = true;

Example 2:

// Count number of elements in array.
for (int i = 0; i < y; i++)


  • an "else" statement may directly followed by another "if"
  • An if clause, followed by a single statement, does not have to enclose that single statement in a block, provided that the entire statement is written on a single line. Of course the exception is intended for those cases where it improves readability. Please note that the entire statement must be a one-liner (of reasonable length), so it is not applicable to complex conditions. Also note that the exception is only made for if (without else), not for while etc. Examples:
    if (failure) throw new InvalidOperationException("Failure!");
    if (x < 10) x = 0;
    Rationale for the exception: code readability can be improved because the one-liner saves vertical space (by a factor of 4). The lurking danger in later maintenance, where someone might add a statement intending it to be subject to the condition, is absent in the one-liner.