In one part he points to the coalescing operator
?? as being helpful while trying to write succinct code. And I agree. But also very often I need to not only coalesce the value itself, but, because we live with objects, also access some member on the object itself. Small example.
var d = DateTimeOrNull(); int? x; if (d.HasValue) x = ((DateTime)d).Minute; else x = null;
This pattern I find having in my code very often. But it’s hard to write it succinctly. Yes, I can use ternary operator
?:, but I still need to use intermediate variable. Boring. Having a language construct for this case would be interesting. Actually I wrote myself simple extension method for that, but that’s not the same as having it baked into the language.
I can imagine something like this (just shooting some syntax).
int? x = DateTimeOrNull() ? x => x.Minute ?? null;
Or am I only one thinking/bothering about this? :)