Are you sure you remember how to create on? :)

developer.com just published a nice tip:

A singleton is used to ensure that there is only one instance of a class created. A singleton also provides the single point of access to that one instance of the class. Singletons can be used for a wide range of reasons, from a better means of managing global variables to creating abstract factories to maintaining a state machine for you application. Regarless of your use of the singleton, I will show you how to create a bare-bones singleton that can be created in a thread-safe manner. Here is the code:

public sealed class Singleton
{
   private static Singleton _Instance = null;
   private static readonly object _Lock = new object();

   private Singleton()
   {
   }

   public static Singleton Instance
   {
      get
      {
         lock (_Lock)
         {
            if (_Instance == null)
               _Instance = new Singleton();

            return _Instance;
         }
      }
   }
}

First, the class is marked as sealed so that another class can't derive from it and change its behavior. This simple version of a singleton has only two private variables. One is used to store the actual instance of the Singleton class and the other is used as a lock to ensure that multiple threads cannot create new instances of the singleton at the same time. The contrstructor is declared as private so that there is no way to create a Singleton other than using the Instance method. The Instance method uses the _Lock variable to make sure no other threads are retrieving the instance of the singleton at the same time. If the lock is successful, a new instance of Singleton is created if it does not already exist, and then that instance is returned. To extend the Singleton class, you simply need to add properties and methods that would be appropriate for your application. Using the private constructor and Instance method will guarantee that only one copy of your class is ever active in your application.

 

Thank for the tip, Susan and Jay!