[Mono-bugs] [Bug 591149] New: Is this a real compilation error? Visual Studio says OK, Mono returns error

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           Summary: Is this a real compilation error? Visual Studio says
                    OK, Mono returns error
    Classification: Mono
           Product: Mono: Compilers
           Version: 2.6.x
          Platform: i586
        OS/Version: SuSE Linux 10.0
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Major
          Priority: P5 - None
         Component: C#
        AssignedTo: mono-bugs at lists.ximian.com
        ReportedBy: djechelon at fastwebnet.it
         QAContact: mono-bugs at lists.ximian.com
          Found By: ---
           Blocker: No

Description of Problem:
I found that my assembly gets compiled by Visual Studio C# compiler, but not by

The code fragment is the following (a * highlights the affected line): we're
inside an ASP.NET user control

public bool AutoGrantTokens
                *return (ViewState["AutoTokens"] != null &&
ViewState["AutoTokens"] is bool) ? (bool)ViewState["AutoTokens"] != null :
                ViewState["AutoTokens"] = value;

Actually, this is an error in my code because I abused of copy&paste, but still
Visual Studio accepts "(bool)ViewState["AutoTokens"] != null" as a valid
statement and compiles it (probably it interprets it as "cast to bool the
result of <viewstate[...] is not null>"), instead Mono says

"Controls/CaptchaControl.ascx.cs(71,101): error CS0453:  The type `bool?' must
be a non-nullable value type in order to use it as type parameter `T' in the
generic type or method `System.Nullable<T>'."

Simply, it might be evaluating the expression as "convert viewstate[...] to
bool, then evaluate if it's not null".

I know that is an error in my application code (because what I want is obtained
by removing !=null), but it should still be a bug if the two compilers differ
in evaluating C# statements. One might want to use a similar statement in his
code and find different behaviours in the final program.
However, written like that, and not like (bool)(Viewstate[...]!=null) it might
sound like a bug in VS compiler.

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