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LicenseProvider Class

Provides the abstract base class for implementing a license provider.

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

[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, SharedState = true)]
public abstract class LicenseProvider

The LicenseProvider type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Protected methodLicenseProviderInitializes a new instance of the LicenseProvider class.
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  NameDescription
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetLicenseWhen overridden in a derived class, gets a license for an instance or type of component, when given a context and whether the denial of a license throws an exception.
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
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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NoteNote

The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: SharedState. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

Notes to Inheritors

When you inherit from LicenseProvider, you must override the GetLicense method.

See LicFileLicenseProvider for an implementation of this class. For more information on licensing, see How to: License Components and Controls.

The following code example creates a licensed control using the Validate method. It uses a LicenseProvider that is implemented by the LicFileLicenseProvider class.

using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Windows.Forms;


// Adds the LicenseProviderAttribute to the control.
[LicenseProvider(typeof(LicFileLicenseProvider))]
public class MyControl : Control 
{

   // Creates a new, null license. 
   private License license = null;

   public MyControl () 
   {

      // Adds Validate to the control's constructor.
      license = LicenseManager.Validate(typeof(MyControl), this);

      // Insert code to perform other instance creation tasks here.
   }

   protected override void Dispose(bool disposing) 
   {
      if(disposing)
      {
         if (license != null) 
         {
            license.Dispose();
            license = null;
         }
      }
   }

}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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.

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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