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C# in a Nutshell by Peter Drayton, Ted Neward, Ben Albahari

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Name

Type

Synopsis

Type is an abstract base class that encapsulates the metadata for any .NET type. You can get a Type object by using the System.Object.GetType() method, which is inherited by all .NET types, or by the typeof operator in C#.

The Type is used most often for reflection. You can get a complete description of an object’s metadata, including information about the constructors, methods, fields, properties, and events of a class, as well as the module and the assembly in which the class is deployed by using it. Do this by using the supplied Get methods, such as GetEvents() and GetConstructors(), which return arrays of the appropriate System.Reflection class. You can also use the singular methods, such as GetEvent(), to retrieve a single type object that matches specific criteria. Note that all members can be retrieved, including inherited, private, and protected members.

public abstract class Type : System.Reflection.MemberInfo : System.Reflection.IReflect {
// Protected Constructors
   protected method Type();  
// Public Static Fields
   public static readonly field char Delimiter;                  // =0x2e
   public static readonly field Type[] EmptyTypes;               // =System.Type[]
   public static readonly field MemberFilter FilterAttribute;    // =System.Reflection.MemberFilter
   public static readonly field MemberFilter FilterName;         // =System.Reflection.MemberFilter
                                                              // =System.Reflection.MemberFilter
           public static readonly field MemberFilter FilterNameIgnoreCase;  
   public static readonly field object Missing ...

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