Namespaces organize the objects defined in an assembly. Assemblies can contain multiple namespaces, which can in turn contain other namespaces. Namespaces prevent ambiguity and simplify references when using large groups of objects such as class libraries.
The general namespace for ComponentOne Web products is C1.Web. The following code fragment shows how to declare a C1MultiPage (which is one of the core Studio for ASP.NET AJAX classes) using the fully qualified name for this class:
Dim MultiPage As C1.Web.UI.Controls.C1MultiPage
Namespaces address a problem sometimes known as namespace pollution, in which the developer of a class library is hampered by the use of similar names in another library. These conflicts with existing components are sometimes called name collisions.
Fully qualified names are object references that are prefixed with the name of the namespace where the object is defined. You can use objects defined in other projects if you create a reference to the class (by choosing Add Reference from the Project menu) and then use the fully qualified name for the object in your code.
Fully qualified names prevent naming conflicts because the compiler can always determine which object is being used. However, the names themselves can get long and cumbersome. To get around this, you can use the Imports statement (using in C#) to define an alias — an abbreviated name you can use in place of a fully qualified name. For example, the following code snippet creates aliases for two fully qualified names, and uses these aliases to define two objects:
Imports C1MultiPage = C1.Web.UI.Controls.C1MultiPage
Imports MyMultiPage = MyProject.Objects.C1MultiPage
Dim wm1 As C1MultiPage
Dim wm2 As MyMultiPageMenu
using C1MultiPage = C1.Web.UI.Controls.C1MultiPage;
using MyMultiPage = MyProject.Objects.C1MultiPage;
If you use the Imports statement without an alias, you can use all the names in that namespace without qualification provided they are unique to the project.