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HideModuleNameAttribute Class

The HideModuleNameAttribute attribute, when applied to a module, allows the module members to be accessed using only the qualification needed for the module.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    Microsoft.VisualBasic.HideModuleNameAttribute

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualBasic
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class, AllowMultiple = false, Inherited = false)]
public sealed class HideModuleNameAttribute : Attribute

The HideModuleNameAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodHideModuleNameAttributeInitializes a new instance of the HideModuleNameAttribute attribute.
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  NameDescription
Public methodEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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This attribute is useful for exposing module members without showing the module itself. When using IntelliSense in the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Visual Basic, the module does not show in the statement completion list. Instead, IntelliSense shows the module members.

Even when the module name is hidden, the module members are still accessible through the module.

If a member name conflicts with another identifier or with a member of another module with the HideModuleNameAttribute attribute, then the member does not show in IntelliSense at the level of the module.

This example shows how to use the HideModuleNameAttribute attribute to add a Database object to My, which can be accessed through My.Database.


Namespace My
  <HideModuleName()> Module CustomMyDatabase
    Public ReadOnly Property Database() As MyDatabase
      Get
        Return databaseValue
      End Get
    End Property
    Private ReadOnly databaseValue As MyDatabase = New MyDatabase
  End Module
End Namespace

Class MyDatabase
  ' The members of the My.Database object go here.
End Class


The Namespace statement must appear outside of any classes or modules.

Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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

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