Creating Safe Events in C#

    November 1, 2006

Whenever you write class libraries, custom control or just about anything else, you probably raise a lot of home made events. That’s a simple thing to do, but tedious to write over and over again.

That’s why I always use this snippet for Visual Studio 2005 that writes the whole thing for me. Download the snippet and place it in the Visual Studio snippet folder which is placed at My documents\Visual Studio 2005\Code Snippets\Visual C#\My Code Snippets\.

Just fill out the name of the event and the EventArgs type that by default is EventArgs. It will then write the XML comment and a method that raises the event in a safe manor. That method is given the same name as the event, but prefixed “On”. So, if you create an event called Saved, the method that raises the event is called OnSaved.

This is what happens when you type evnt and hit TAB twice.

And after you’ve filled out the type of EventArgs and named the event Saved, this will be the result:

   public event EventHandler Saved;

   /// <summary>

   /// Occurs when the class is Saved

   /// </summary>

   protected void OnSaved()


    if (Saved != null)


    Saved(this, new EventArgs());



This saves me for typing the same stuff over and over again.

For more snippets, visit Vault of Thoughts who has some nice ones.


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Mads Kristensen currently works as a Senior Developer at Traceworks located
in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads graduated from Copenhagen Technical Academy with a multimedia degree in
2003, but has been a professional developer since 2000. His main focus is on ASP.NET but is responsible for Winforms, Windows- and
web services in his daily work as well. A true .NET developer with great passion for the simple solution.