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Type.GetMethod Method (String, BindingFlags, Binder, CallingConventions, Type[], ParameterModifier[])

Searches for the specified method whose parameters match the specified argument types and modifiers, using the specified binding constraints and the specified calling convention.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public MethodInfo GetMethod(
	string name,
	BindingFlags bindingAttr,
	Binder binder,
	CallingConventions callConvention,
	Type[] types,
	ParameterModifier[] modifiers
)

Parameters

name
Type: System.String

The string containing the name of the method to get.

bindingAttr
Type: System.Reflection.BindingFlags

A bitmask comprised of one or more BindingFlags that specify how the search is conducted.

-or-

Zero, to return null.

binder
Type: System.Reflection.Binder

An object that defines a set of properties and enables binding, which can involve selection of an overloaded method, coercion of argument types, and invocation of a member through reflection.

-or-

A null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic), to use the DefaultBinder.

callConvention
Type: System.Reflection.CallingConventions

The object that specifies the set of rules to use regarding the order and layout of arguments, how the return value is passed, what registers are used for arguments, and how the stack is cleaned up.

types
Type: System.Type[]

An array of Type objects representing the number, order, and type of the parameters for the method to get.

-or-

An empty array of Type objects (as provided by the EmptyTypes field) to get a method that takes no parameters.

modifiers
Type: System.Reflection.ParameterModifier[]

An array of ParameterModifier objects representing the attributes associated with the corresponding element in the types array. To be only used when calling through COM interop, and only parameters that are passed by reference are handled. The default binder does not process this parameter.

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection.MethodInfo
An object representing the method that matches the specified requirements, if found; otherwise, null.

Implements

_Type.GetMethod(String, BindingFlags, Binder, CallingConventions, Type[], ParameterModifier[])
ExceptionCondition
AmbiguousMatchException

More than one method is found with the specified name and matching the specified binding constraints.

ArgumentNullException

name is null.

-or-

types is null.

-or-

One of the elements in types is null.

ArgumentException

types is multidimensional.

-or-

modifiers is multidimensional.

Although the default binder does not process ParameterModifier (the modifiers parameter), you can use the abstract System.Reflection.Binder class to write a custom binder that does process modifiers. ParameterModifier is only used when calling through COM interop, and only parameters that are passed by reference are handled.

The following table shows what members of a base class are returned by the GetXXX methods when reflecting on a type.

Member Type

Static

Non-Static

Constructor

No

No

Field

No

Yes. A field is always hide-by-name-and-signature.

Event

Not applicable

The common type system rule is that the inheritance is the same as that of the methods that implement the property. Reflection treats properties as hide-by-name-and-signature. See note 2 below.

Method

No

Yes. A method (both virtual and non-virtual) can be hide-by-name or hide-by-name-and-signature.

Nested Type

No

No

Property

Not applicable

The common type system rule is that the inheritance is the same as that of the methods that implement the property. Reflection treats properties as hide-by-name-and-signature. See note 2 below.

  1. Hide-by-name-and-signature considers all of the parts of the signature, including custom modifiers, return types, parameter types, sentinels, and unmanaged calling conventions. This is a binary comparison.

  2. For reflection, properties and events are hide-by-name-and-signature. If you have a property with both a get and a set accessor in the base class, but the derived class has only a get accessor, the derived class property hides the base class property, and you will not be able to access the setter on the base class.

  3. Custom attributes are not part of the common type system.

The following BindingFlags filter flags can be used to define which methods to include in the search:

  • You must specify either BindingFlags.Instance or BindingFlags.Static in order to get a return.

  • Specify BindingFlags.Public to include public methods in the search.

  • Specify BindingFlags.NonPublic to include nonpublic methods (that is, private, internal, and protected methods) in the search.

  • Specify BindingFlags.FlattenHierarchy to include public and protected static members up the hierarchy; private static members in inherited classes are not included.

The following BindingFlags modifier flags can be used to change how the search works:

  • BindingFlags.IgnoreCase to ignore the case of name.

  • BindingFlags.DeclaredOnly to search only the methods declared on the Type, not methods that were simply inherited.

See System.Reflection.BindingFlags for more information.

NoteNote

You cannot omit parameters when looking up constructors and methods. You can only omit parameters when invoking.

If the current T:System.Type represents a constructed generic type, this method returns the MethodInfo with the type parameters replaced by the appropriate type arguments.

If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this method searches the methods of the class constraint, or the methods of Object if there is no class constraint.

NoteNote

For generic methods, do not include the type arguments in name. For example, the C# code GetMember("MyMethod<int>") searches for a member with the text name "MyMethod<int>", rather than for a method named MyMethod that has one generic argument of type int.

The following example finds specific overloads of MethodA, specifying binding constraints, calling conventions, and a variety of argument types.

NoteNote

The Visual C# 2005 example requires the /unsafe compiler option.


using System;
using System.Reflection;

class Program
{
    // Methods to get: 

    public void MethodA(int i, int j) { }

    public void MethodA(int[] i) { }

    public unsafe void MethodA(int* i) { }

    public void MethodA(ref int r) {}

    // Method that takes an out parameter: 
    public void MethodA(int i, out int o) { o = 100;}


  static void Main(string[] args)
  {
    MethodInfo mInfo;

    // Get MethodA(int i, int j)
    mInfo = typeof(Program).GetMethod("MethodA",
        BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance,
        null,
        CallingConventions.Any,
        new Type[] { typeof(int), typeof(int) },
        null);
    Console.WriteLine("Found method: {0}", mInfo);

    // Get MethodA(int[] i)
    mInfo = typeof(Program).GetMethod("MethodA",
        BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance,
        null,
        CallingConventions.Any,
        new Type[] { typeof(int[]) },
        null);
    Console.WriteLine("Found method: {0}", mInfo);

    // Get MethodA(int* i)
    mInfo = typeof(Program).GetMethod("MethodA",
        BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance,
        null,
        CallingConventions.Any,
        new Type[] { typeof(int).MakePointerType() },
        null);
    Console.WriteLine("Found method: {0}", mInfo);

    // Get MethodA(ref int r)
    mInfo = typeof(Program).GetMethod("MethodA",
        BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance,
        null,
        CallingConventions.Any,
        new Type[] { typeof(int).MakeByRefType() },
        null);
    Console.WriteLine("Found method: {0}", mInfo);

    // Get MethodA(int i, out int o)
    mInfo = typeof(Program).GetMethod("MethodA",
        BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance,
        null,
        CallingConventions.Any,
        new Type[] { typeof(int), typeof(int).MakeByRefType() },
        null);
    Console.WriteLine("Found method: {0}", mInfo);

  }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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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