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Reflection 

The classes in the System.Reflection namespace, together with System.Type, allow you to obtain information about loaded assemblies and the types defined within them, such as classes, interfaces, and value types. You can also use reflection to create type instances at run time, and to invoke and access them.

In This Section

Reflection Overview

Explains reflection and its main uses.

How to: Load Assemblies into the Reflection-Only Context

Describes the reflection-only load context. Shows how to load an assembly, how to test the context, and how to examine attributes applied to an assembly in the reflection-only context.

Runtime Types in Reflection

Describes the internal types, such as RuntimeType, that inherit the abstract classes in the System.Reflection namespace and provide much of their implementation.

Viewing Type Information

Describes the System.Type class and provides code examples that illustrate how to use System.Type with several reflection classes to obtain information about constructors, methods, fields, properties, and events.

Reflection and Generic Types

Explains how reflection handles the type parameters and type arguments of generic types and generic methods.

Design Patterns Used by Reflection Classes

Provides a table showing the method naming pattern and use of the most frequently used reflection classes, such as the Module, Type, and MemberInfo classes.

Security Considerations for Reflection

Describes the rules that determine to what degree reflection can be used to discover type information and access types.

Dynamically Loading and Using Types

Describes the reflection custom-binding interface that supports late binding.

Accessing Default Members

Demonstrates how to use reflection to access default members that a class might have.

Accessing Default Argument Values

Demonstrates how to use reflection to access arguments that have default values, and how to invoke methods that have arguments with default values.

Accessing Custom Attributes

Demonstrates using reflection to query attribute existence and values.

Specifying Fully Qualified Type Names

Describes the format of fully qualified type names in terms of the Backus-Naur form (BNF), and the syntax required for specifying special characters, assembly names, pointers, references, and arrays.

Unmanaged Reflection API

Describes where to find information on using unmanaged reflection to examine metadata.

How to: Hook Up a Delegate Using Reflection

Explains how to create a delegate for a method and hook the delegate up to an event. Explains how to create an event-handling method at run time using DynamicMethod.

Reference

Type

The class that represents types in the runtime type system and provides core functionality for reflection.

System.Reflection

The namespace that contains other abstractions for code entities, such as the MethodInfo class that represents methods.

System.Reflection.Emit

The namespace that contains classes for generating dynamic assemblies and dynamic methods.

Related Sections

Emitting Dynamic Methods and Assemblies

Explains how to generate dynamic assemblies and dynamic methods.

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