Understanding the lack of static method in Interface in C#

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In C# there is no way to define a static method in an interface:

interface IMyClass
    void MyMethod();  // this is fine
    static int MyStaticMethod();  // not allowed..
    static int MyOtherStaticMethod() { return 1; } // not allowed either

This lack of static method can be painful at times, and on the surface one feels there is no reason why it can’t/shouldn’t be supported by the language. But after ploughing through forum discussions and numerous questions on StackOverflow I start to understand why this is the case.

Practically, this is why having static method on the interface is confusing:

interface IMyClass
    static int MyStaticMethod();

class MyClassA : IMyClass
    static int MyStaticMethod() { return 1; }

class MyClassB : IMyClass
    static int MyStaticMethod() { return 2; }

So what does IMyClass.MyStaticMethod return?

Philosophically, an Interface defines a contract, when dealing with an interface you don’t have to know the implementation details but only what is available on the interface. Static method on the hand, are designed so that you have a well known location for a method/property and don’t need an instance of the object to work with it.

These two concepts are polar opposites, and you can’t mix the two together without breaking polymorphism!

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