6.2 Supporting Other .NET Languages

C# provides the ability to overload operators for your classes, even though this is not, strictly speaking, in the Common Language Specification (CLS). Other .NET languages, such as VB.NET, might not support operator overloading, and it is important to ensure that your class supports the alternative methods that these other languages might call to create the same effect.

Thus, if you overload the addition operator (+), you might also want to provide an add( ) method that does the same work. Operator overloading ought to be a syntactic shortcut, not the only path for your objects to accomplish a given task.

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