using (C# reference)

The using keyword has two major uses:

  • The using statement defines a scope at the end of which an object is disposed:
string filePath = "example.txt";
string textToWrite = "Hello, this is a test message!";

// Use the using statement to ensure the StreamWriter is properly disposed of
using (StreamWriter writer = new StreamWriter(filePath))
  • The using directive creates an alias for a namespace or imports types defined in other namespaces:
using System;
using System.IO;

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