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MethodBase.IsFamily Property

April 12, 2014

Gets a value that indicates whether the visibility of this method or constructor is described by MethodAttributes.Family; that is, the method or constructor is visible only within its class and derived classes.

Namespace:  System.Reflection
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public bool IsFamily { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if access to this method or constructor is exactly described by MethodAttributes.Family; otherwise, false.

The visibility of a method or constructor is exactly described by MethodAttributes.Family if the only visibility modifier is protected. This property is false for methods that are protected internal in C# (Protected Friend in Visual Basic, protected public in C++); use the IsFamilyOrAssembly property to identify such methods.

The following example defines methods with varying levels of visibility, and displays the values of their IsAssembly, IsFamily, IsFamilyOrAssembly, and IsFamilyAndAssembly properties.

NoteNote:

The Visual Basic and C# languages cannot define methods with MethodAttributes.FamANDAssem visibility.

To run this example, see Building examples that have static TextBlock controls for Windows Phone 8.


using System;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Windows.Media;

public class Example
{
   public void m_public() { }
   internal void m_internal() { }
   protected void m_protected() { }
   protected internal void m_protected_public() { }

   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      outputBlock.FontFamily = new FontFamily("Courier New");
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("\n{0,-30}{1,-18}{2}", "", "IsAssembly", "IsFamilyOrAssembly") + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0,-21}{1,-18}{2,-18}{3}\n",
          "", "IsPublic", "IsFamily", "IsFamilyAndAssembly") + "\n";

      foreach (MethodBase m in typeof(Example).GetMethods(
          BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Public))
      {
         if (m.Name.Substring(0, 1) == "m")
         {
            outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0,-21}{1,-9}{2,-9}{3,-9}{4,-9}{5,-9}",
                m.Name,
                m.IsPublic,
                m.IsAssembly,
                m.IsFamily,
                m.IsFamilyOrAssembly,
                m.IsFamilyAndAssembly
            ) + "\n";
         }
      }
   }
}

/* This code example produces output similar to the following:

                              IsAssembly        IsFamilyOrAssembly
                     IsPublic          IsFamily          IsFamilyAndAssembly

m_public             True     False    False    False    False
m_internal           False    True     False    False    False
m_protected          False    False    True     False    False
m_protected_public   False    False    False    True     False
 */


Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

Windows Phone

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