CA2260: Implement generic math interfaces correctly

Property Value
Rule ID CA2260
Title Implement generic math interfaces correctly
Category Usage
Fix is breaking or non-breaking Non-breaking
Enabled by default in .NET 8 As warning


This rule fires when you implement a generic math interface that requires a self-recurring type parameter and you don't pass the type itself as the type parameter.

Rule description

Some generic math interfaces introduce static abstract members. The only way to access those static members is through a generic constraint that implements the "curiously recurring template pattern" (CRTP). Therefore, the derived type itself must be used for the self-recurring type parameter. If a type implements such an interface without passing the required type parameter and CA2260 is ignored, the code will compile successfully but the static abstract will not be accessible. Thus, the type will not be usable. The compiler emits a warning with ID CS0315 on such usage.

How to fix violations

Pass correct type parameter for self recurring type parameter (TSelf) when implementing those interfaces.



using System;

// Warns: The 'IParsable<TSelf>' requires the 'TSelf' type parameter to be filled with the derived type 'MyDate'
public readonly struct MyDate : IParsable<DateOnly>
{ ... }


Pass the MyDate type as the type parameter for the IParsable<TSelf> interface.

using System;

// No warning
public readonly struct MyDate : IParsable<MyDate>
{ ... }

When to suppress errors

Do not suppress a warning from this rule.

See also