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Attribute.Equals Method

This API supports the .NET Framework infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code.

Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public override bool Equals(
	Object obj
)

Parameters

obj
Type: System.Object
An Object to compare with this instance or null.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if obj equals the type and value of this instance; otherwise, false.

The following code example defines two custom parameter Attribute classes, then creates several objects of each class and shows the use of the Equals method to compare them.


// Example for the Attribute.Equals( object ) method.
using System;
using System.Reflection;

namespace NDP_UE_CS 
{
    // Define a custom parameter attribute that takes a single message argument.
    [AttributeUsage( AttributeTargets.Parameter )]
    public class ArgumentUsageAttribute : Attribute
    {
        // This is the attribute constructor.
        public ArgumentUsageAttribute( string UsageMsg )
        {
            this.usageMsg = UsageMsg;
        }

        // usageMsg is storage for the attribute message.
        protected string usageMsg;

        // Override ToString() to append the message to what the base generates.
        public override string ToString( )
        {
            return base.ToString( ) + ":" + usageMsg;
        }
    }

    // Define a custom parameter attribute that generates 
    // a GUID for each instance.
    [AttributeUsage( AttributeTargets.Parameter )]
    public class ArgumentIDAttribute : Attribute
    {
        // This is the attribute constructor, which generates the GUID.
        public ArgumentIDAttribute( )
        {
            this.instanceGUID = Guid.NewGuid( );
        }

        // instanceGUID is storage for the generated GUID.
        protected Guid instanceGUID;

        // Override ToString() to append the GUID to what the base generates.
        public override string ToString( )
        {
            return base.ToString( ) + "." + instanceGUID.ToString( );
        }
    }

    public class TestClass 
    {
        // Assign an ArgumentID attribute to each parameter.
        // Assign an ArgumentUsage attribute to each parameter.
        public void TestMethod(
            [ArgumentID]
            [ArgumentUsage("Must pass an array here.")]
            String[] strArray,
            [ArgumentID]
            [ArgumentUsage("Can pass param list or array here.")]
            params String[] strList)
        { }
    }

    class AttributeEqualsDemo 
    {
        // Create Attribute objects and compare them.
        static void Main( ) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine( "This example of Attribute.Equals( object ) " +
                "generates the following output." );

            // Get the class type, and then get the MethodInfo object 
            // for TestMethod to access its metadata.
            Type clsType = typeof( TestClass );
            MethodInfo mInfo = clsType.GetMethod("TestMethod");

            // There will be two elements in pInfoArray, one for each parameter.
            ParameterInfo[] pInfoArray = mInfo.GetParameters();
            if (pInfoArray != null) 
            {
                // Create an instance of the argument usage attribute on strArray.
                ArgumentUsageAttribute arrayUsageAttr1 = (ArgumentUsageAttribute)
                    Attribute.GetCustomAttribute( pInfoArray[0], 
                        typeof(ArgumentUsageAttribute) );

                // Create another instance of the argument usage attribute 
                // on strArray.
                ArgumentUsageAttribute arrayUsageAttr2 = (ArgumentUsageAttribute)
                    Attribute.GetCustomAttribute( pInfoArray[0], 
                        typeof(ArgumentUsageAttribute) );

                // Create an instance of the argument usage attribute on strList.
                ArgumentUsageAttribute listUsageAttr = (ArgumentUsageAttribute)
                    Attribute.GetCustomAttribute( pInfoArray[1], 
                        typeof(ArgumentUsageAttribute) );

                // Create an instance of the argument ID attribute on strArray.
                ArgumentIDAttribute arrayIDAttr1 = (ArgumentIDAttribute)
                    Attribute.GetCustomAttribute( pInfoArray[0], 
                        typeof(ArgumentIDAttribute) );

                // Create another instance of the argument ID attribute on strArray.
                ArgumentIDAttribute arrayIDAttr2 = (ArgumentIDAttribute)
                    Attribute.GetCustomAttribute( pInfoArray[0], 
                        typeof(ArgumentIDAttribute) );

                // Create an instance of the argument ID attribute on strList.
                ArgumentIDAttribute listIDAttr = (ArgumentIDAttribute)
                    Attribute.GetCustomAttribute( pInfoArray[1], 
                        typeof(ArgumentIDAttribute) );

                // Compare various pairs of attributes for equality.
                Console.WriteLine( "\nCompare a usage attribute instance to " +
                    "another instance of the same attribute:" );
                Console.WriteLine( "   \"{0}\" == \n   \"{1}\" ? {2}",
                    arrayUsageAttr1.ToString(), arrayUsageAttr2.ToString(), 
                    arrayUsageAttr1.Equals( arrayUsageAttr2 ) );

                Console.WriteLine( "\nCompare a usage attribute to " +
                    "another usage attribute:" );
                Console.WriteLine( "   \"{0}\" == \n   \"{1}\" ? {2}",
                    arrayUsageAttr1.ToString(), listUsageAttr.ToString(), 
                    arrayUsageAttr1.Equals( listUsageAttr ) );

                Console.WriteLine( "\nCompare an ID attribute instance to " +
                    "another instance of the same attribute:" );
                Console.WriteLine( "   \"{0}\" == \n   \"{1}\" ? {2}",
                    arrayIDAttr1.ToString(), arrayIDAttr2.ToString(), 
                    arrayIDAttr1.Equals( arrayIDAttr2 ) );

                Console.WriteLine( "\nCompare an ID attribute to another ID attribute:" );
                Console.WriteLine( "   \"{0}\" == \n   \"{1}\" ? {2}",
                    arrayIDAttr1.ToString(), listIDAttr.ToString(), 
                    arrayIDAttr1.Equals( listIDAttr ) );
            }
            else
                Console.WriteLine( "The parameters information could " +
                    "not be retrieved for method {0}.", mInfo.Name);
        }
    }
}

/*
This example of Attribute.Equals( object ) generates the following output.

Compare a usage attribute instance to another instance of the same attribute:
   "NDP_UE_CS.ArgumentUsageAttribute:Must pass an array here." ==
   "NDP_UE_CS.ArgumentUsageAttribute:Must pass an array here." ? True

Compare a usage attribute to another usage attribute:
   "NDP_UE_CS.ArgumentUsageAttribute:Must pass an array here." ==
   "NDP_UE_CS.ArgumentUsageAttribute:Can pass param list or array here." ? False

Compare an ID attribute instance to another instance of the same attribute:
   "NDP_UE_CS.ArgumentIDAttribute.06abf046-0c38-47ac-b215-09e1daa7f37d" ==
   "NDP_UE_CS.ArgumentIDAttribute.cea23c39-f14b-4e95-bee2-9f661d8cd64b" ? False

Compare an ID attribute to another ID attribute:
   "NDP_UE_CS.ArgumentIDAttribute.06abf046-0c38-47ac-b215-09e1daa7f37d" ==
   "NDP_UE_CS.ArgumentIDAttribute.bdeb6f3e-18aa-410b-bef6-9788956b008c" ? False
*/


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.
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