With release of the C# 4, the gap of features between VB.NET and C# just became narrower. C# 4.0 has introduced a new “Optional Parameters” support. So instead of explicitly passing in value for each variable in a method/constructor you can rely on default value defined in the method signature.
Let’s take a simple example :
public void AddPerson(string Name,int Age=30)
In this Example, now under C# 4.0, you can call this method as
AddPerson("Joe") //Age will implicitly be 30
Though theoretically this looks a nice shortcut, practical use of this may be discouraged. Adding an optional parameter to a public method that’s called from an external assembly requires recompilation of both assemblies – just as if the parameters were mandatory. This is so because this is just a syntactic sugar coat by the C# compiler. Behind the scenes C# compiler inserts code equivalent to AddPerson(“Joe”,30).
It is for this very reason optional parameters should be avoided in public methods that are supposedly going to be used by External assemblies.