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CodeTypeReference Class

Represents a reference to a type.

Namespace: System.CodeDom
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

[SerializableAttribute] 
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)] 
[ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch)] 
public class CodeTypeReference : CodeObject
/** @attribute SerializableAttribute() */ 
/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
/** @attribute ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch) */ 
public class CodeTypeReference extends CodeObject
SerializableAttribute 
ComVisibleAttribute(true) 
ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch) 
public class CodeTypeReference extends CodeObject
Not applicable.

A CodeTypeReference object is used to represent a type for CodeDOM objects. When CodeDOM types have a Type property, it is of type CodeTypeReference. For example, the CodeMemberField.Type property is a CodeTypeReference that represents a field's data type.

A CodeTypeReference can be initialized with a Type object or a string. It is generally recommended to use a Type to do this, although it may not always be possible. If initializing an instance of this class with a string, it is strongly recommended to always use fully qualified types, such as "System.Console" instead of just "Console", because not all languages support importing namespaces. Array types can be specified by either passing in a type object for an array or using one of the constructors that accept rank as a parameter.

The BaseType property specifies the name of the type to reference. For references to array types, the ArrayElementType property indicates the type of the elements of the array, and the ArrayRank property indicates the number of dimensions in the array.

The following example demonstrates use of a CodeTypeReference to represent a reference to a type.

// Creates a reference to the System.DateTime type.
CodeTypeReference typeRef1 = new CodeTypeReference("System.DateTime");

// Creates a typeof expression for the specified type reference.
CodeTypeOfExpression typeof1 = new CodeTypeOfExpression(typeRef1);

// A C# code generator produces the following source code for the preceeding example code:    

//    typeof(System.DateTime);            

// Creates a reference to the System.DateTime type.
CodeTypeReference typeRef1 = new CodeTypeReference("System.DateTime");
// Creates a typeof expression for the specified type reference.
CodeTypeOfExpression typeof1 = new CodeTypeOfExpression(typeRef1);
// A VJ# code generator produces the following source code for the 
// preceeding example code:    
//    System.DateTime.class.ToType();           

System.Object
   System.CodeDom.CodeObject
    System.CodeDom.CodeTypeReference
Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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