C# – Why no ICloneable

.netc++icloneable

Is there a particular reason why a generic ICloneable<T> does not exist?

It would be much more comfortable, if I would not need to cast it everytime I clone something.

Best Solution

In addition to Andrey's reply (which I agree with, +1) - when ICloneable is done, you can also choose explicit implementation to make the public Clone() return a typed object:

public Foo Clone() { /* your code */ }
object ICloneable.Clone() {return Clone();}

Of course there is a second issue with a generic ICloneable<T> - inheritance.

If I have:

public class Foo {}
public class Bar : Foo {}

And I implemented ICloneable<T>, then do I implement ICloneable<Foo>? ICloneable<Bar>? You quickly start implementing a lot of identical interfaces... Compare to a cast... and is it really so bad?