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Type.GetTypeFromProgID Method (String, String)

Gets the type associated with the specified program identifier (progID) from the specified server, returning null if an error is encountered while loading the type.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static Type GetTypeFromProgID(
	string progID,
	string server
)

Parameters

progID
Type: System.String
The progID of the type to get.
server
Type: System.String
The server from which to load the type. If the server name is null, this method automatically reverts to the local machine.

Return Value

Type: System.Type
The type associated with the specified program identifier (progID), if progID is a valid entry in the registry and a type is associated with it; otherwise, null.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

prodID is null.

This method is provided for COM support. Program IDs are not used in Microsoft .NET Framework because they have been superseded by the concept of namespace.

The following example retrieves a type by passing a ProgID and server name. The example then displays the ClassID related to the ProgID, or throws an exception if the ProgID or the server name is invalid.


using System;
class MainApp 
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        try
        {
            // Use the ProgID localhost\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DirControl.DirList.1.
            string theProgramID ="DirControl.DirList.1"; 
            // Use the server name localhost.
            string theServer="localhost";
            // Make a call to the method to get the type information for the given ProgID.
            Type myType =Type.GetTypeFromProgID(theProgramID,theServer);
            if(myType==null)
            {
                throw new Exception("Invalid ProgID or Server.");
            }
            Console.WriteLine("GUID for ProgID DirControl.DirList.1 is {0}.", myType.GUID);
        }
        catch(Exception e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("An exception occurred.");
            Console.WriteLine("Source: {0}" , e.Source);
            Console.WriteLine("Message: {0}" , e.Message);
        }		
    }
}


.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

    Requires full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted or transparent code.

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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