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  • Last Updated : 08 Jun, 2022
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In programming languages, identifiers are used for identification purposes. Or in other words, identifiers are the user-defined name of the program components. In C#, an identifier can be a class name, method name, variable name, or label. 
Example: 
 

public class GFG {
    static public void Main () 
    {
          int x;
    }
}

Here the total number of identifiers present in the above example is 3 and the names of these identifiers are: 
 

  • GFG: Name of the class
  • Main: Method name
  • x: Variable name

Rules for defining identifiers in C#:
There are certain valid rules for defining a valid C# identifier. These rules should be followed, otherwise, we will get a compile-time error. 
 

  • The only allowed characters for identifiers are all alphanumeric characters([A-Z], [a-z], [0-9]), ‘_‘ (underscore). For example “geek@” is not a valid C# identifier as it contain ‘@’ – special character.
  • Identifiers should not start with digits([0-9]). For example “123geeks” is not valid in the C# identifier.
  • Identifiers should not contain white spaces.
     
  • Identifiers are not allowed to use as keywords unless they include @ as a prefix. For example, @as is a valid identifier, but “as” is not because it is a keyword.
  • C# identifiers allow Unicode Characters.
  • C# identifiers are case-sensitive.
  • C# identifiers cannot contain more than 512 characters.
  • Identifiers do not contain two consecutive underscores in their name because such types of identifiers are used for the implementation.

Example:
 

CSharp




// Simple C# program to illustrate identifiers
using System;
 
class GFG {
 
    // Main Method
    static public void Main()
    {
 
        // variable
        int a = 10;
        int b = 39;
        int c;
 
        // simple addition
        c = a + b;
        Console.WriteLine("The sum of two number is: {0}", c);
    }
}


Output: 
 

The sum of two number is: 49

Below table shows the identifiers and keywords present in the above example:
 

Keywords Identifiers
using GFG
public Main
static a
void b
int c

 

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