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DataTypeAttribute Class

Specifies the name of an additional type to associate with an entity member.

Namespace:  System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations
Assembly:  System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations (in System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Method|AttributeTargets.Property|AttributeTargets.Field|AttributeTargets.Parameter, AllowMultiple = false)]
public class DataTypeAttribute : ValidationAttribute

The DataTypeAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodDataTypeAttribute(DataType)Initializes a new instance of the DataTypeAttribute class with the specified data type enumeration.
Public methodDataTypeAttribute(String)Initializes a new instance of the DataTypeAttribute class with the specified name of a customized data type.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyCustomDataTypeGets a string that represents the name of the customized data type to associate with the member.
Public propertyDataTypeGets the type of the data object to associate with the member.
Public propertyDisplayFormatGets the object that represents the format of the data type.
Public propertyErrorMessageGets or sets the non-localizable error message to display when validation fails. (Inherited from ValidationAttribute.)
Public propertyErrorMessageResourceNameGets or sets the property name on the resource type that provides the localizable error message. (Inherited from ValidationAttribute.)
Public propertyErrorMessageResourceTypeGets or sets the resource type that provides the localizable error message. (Inherited from ValidationAttribute.)
Protected propertyErrorMessageStringGets the localized or non-localized error message. (Inherited from ValidationAttribute.)
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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 methodFormatErrorMessageApplies formatting to the error message. (Inherited from ValidationAttribute.)
Public methodGetDataTypeNameRetrieves the name of the data type that is associated with the member.
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetValidationResultDetermines whether the specified object is valid and returns an object that includes the results of the validation check. (Inherited from ValidationAttribute.)
Protected methodIsValidDetermines whether the specified object is valid. (Inherited from ValidationAttribute.)
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.)
Public methodValidateDetermines whether the specified object is valid and throws a ValidationException if the object is not valid. (Inherited from ValidationAttribute.)
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You use the DataType enumeration when you apply the DataTypeAttribute attribute to a property. The DataType enumeration contains valid values you use with the DataTypeAttribute attribute. You use the DataTypeAttribute attribute to specify the type of data that is expected for the property beyond the data type of the property. For example, properties named Phone and EmailAddress may both contain string values, but you can specify the expected values by applying the DataTypeAttribute attribute with the PhoneNumber and EmailAddress values respectively.

The following example shows how to specify an e-mail address property and a phone number property.


public class Customer
{
  [DataType(DataType.EmailAddress)]
  public string EmailAddress { get; set; }

  [DataType(DataType.PhoneNumber)]
  public string Phone { get; set; }
}


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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