Specifies that a declared element associates only with the class or procedure in which it is declared and not with any particular instance of that class.
- Declaration context
- Shared is only allowed in Class, Struct, Trait, Function, Method, and Sub.
- Combined modifiers
- You cannot combine Shared with other modifiers such as Abstract and Override in the same declaration.
- You get access to a shared member of a class or structure through its qualified name. That is the name of the class or structure plus a dot (.) plus the name of the member. You cannot get access to a shared member through a variable of the class or structure. Thus, it is not necessary to create any instances of the class or structure.
- Implicit Shared
- Certain declared elements cannot accept a Shared modifier, yet are shared implicitly. These include Const, in all contexts, and any declared elements inside a module or Library.