Unsafe Code

While as a managed platform code on .NET is normally inherently type safe, a special Unsafe Code option can be enabled to allow the writing of code that can do more direct (and unsafe) operations, such as direct memory manipulation via pointers.

Here, "Unsafe" means that the code cannot be verified by the runtime, ands thus could lead to more severe crashes than regular code. For this reason, unsafe code may not be allowed in all execution contexts (such as for example for code hosted in SQL Server, or when running apps from a network drive). Unsafe code does not have any other speed or runtime consequences.

In order to use unsafe code, the "Allow Unsafe Code" Compiler Option need to be enabled and each method that uses unsafe code must be marked with the unsafe modifier, available in Oxygene and C#.

In C#, the unsafe keyword is also required on the class itself, if it contains fields or properties of unsafe (e.g. pointer) types. In Oxygene, this is not required.

Alternatively, the "Allow Unsafe Code Implicitly" Compiler Option can be set, for a project to enable unsafe code everywhere, without marking individual types or methods with the unsafe keyword. This is recommended only for projectds that use a vast amount of unsafe code though-out.

To use unsafe code, apply the unsafe keyword:

  MyClass = public class
    fData: ^Byte;
    method WorkWithData; unsafe;
      fData^ := fData^ + 1;
public unsafe class MyClass
    private byte *data;
    public unsafe void WorkWithData()
      *data = (*data)+1;

Support for unsafe code is currently only available in Oxygene and C#.

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