The digit separator feature is also introduced in C# 7.0. You can separate the large number into small parts making your code more readable using the digit separator.
_) is used as a digit separator.
Let's consider the following simple example without using digit separators.
long num1 = 1000000000000; long num2 = 1000500000; Console.WriteLine(num1); Console.WriteLine(num2);
As you can that it is very difficult to read the exact value of
num2 due to the large numerical literals. Now let's add the digit separators to the above example and see the readability.
long num1 = 1_000_000_000_000; long num2 = 10_00_50_00_00; Console.WriteLine(num1); Console.WriteLine(num2);
As you can see, by adding the digit separator, you can have a great readability impact and no significant downside.
_is allowed in decimals as well as exponents.
You can use this separator with other numbers as well.
int bin = 0b1001__1010__0001__0100; int hex = 0x1b_a0_44_fe; int dec = 33_554_432; double real = 1_000.111_1e-3; ushort shortVal = 0b1011_1100_1011_0011; Console.WriteLine(bin); Console.WriteLine(hex); Console.WriteLine(dec); Console.WriteLine(real); Console.WriteLine(shortVal);
The digit separator should not be used in the following places.