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Delegates

Delegate is a class that can hold a reference to a method or a function. Delegate class has a signature and it can only reference those methods whose signature is compliant with the class. Delegates are type-safe functions pointers or callbacks.
Below is a sample code which shows a example of how to implement delegates.

Public Class FrmDelegates
Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form

Public Delegate Sub DelegateAddString()
Private Sub FrmDelegates_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object,
ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
End Sub

Private Sub AddString()
lstDelegates.Items.Add(“Running AddString() method”)
End Sub

Private Sub cmdDelegates_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object,
ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles cmdDelegates. Click
Dim objDelegateAddString As DelegateAddString
objDelegateAddString = AddressOf AddString
objDelegateAddString.Invoke()
End Sub
End Class

In the above there is a method called “AddString()” which adds a string to a listbox.You can also see a delegate declared as :-

Public Delegate Sub DelegateAddString()

This delegate signature is compatible with the “AddString” method. When I mean
compatibility that means that there return types and passing parameter types are same.

Later in command click of the button object of the Delegate is created and the method pointer is received from “AddressOf ” keyword. Then by using the “Invoke” method the method is invoked.

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