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Rule:  5@119Checked automatically with code checker

Synopsis:Return an IEnumerable<T> or ICollection<T> instead of a concrete collection class
Severity Level:5
Category:Object lifecycle


In general, you don't want callers to be able to change an internal collection, so don't return arrays, lists or other collection classes directly. Instead, return an IEnumerable<T>, or, if the caller must be able to determine the count, an ICollection<T>.


    public IEnumerable<FooBar> GetRecentItems()

is preferred to

    public List<FooBar> GetRecentItems()

Note If you're using .NET 4.5, you can also use IReadOnlyCollection<T>, IReadOnlyList<T> or IReadOnlyDictionary<TKey, TValue>.

Literature References:
Aviva AV1130