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Object.GetType Method

Gets the Type of the current instance.

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

'Declaration
Public Function GetType As Type
'Usage
Dim instance As Object
Dim returnValue As Type

returnValue = instance.GetType
public Type GetType ()
public function GetType () : Type

Return Value

The Type instance that represents the exact runtime type of the current instance.

For two objects x and y that have identical runtime types, Object.ReferenceEquals(x.GetType(),y.GetType()) returns true.

The Type object exposes the metadata associated with the class of the current Object.

The following code example demonstrates that GetType returns the runtime type of the current instance.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.
import System.*;

public class MyBaseClass extends Object
{
} //MyBaseClass

public class MyDerivedClass extends MyBaseClass
{
} //MyDerivedClass

public class Test
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        MyBaseClass myBase = new MyBaseClass();
        MyDerivedClass myDerived = new MyDerivedClass();
        Object o = myDerived;
        MyBaseClass b = myDerived;

        Console.WriteLine("mybase: Type is {0}", myBase.GetType());
        Console.WriteLine("myDerived: Type is {0}", myDerived.GetType());
        Console.WriteLine("object o = myDerived: Type is {0}", o.GetType());
        Console.WriteLine("MyBaseClass b = myDerived: Type is {0}", b.GetType());
    } //main
} //Test

/*

This code produces the following output.

mybase: Type is MyBaseClass
myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass
object o = myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass
MyBaseClass b = myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass 

*/

import System

public class MyBaseClass extends Object {
}

public class MyDerivedClass extends MyBaseClass {
}

public class Test {

   public static function Main() {
      var myBase : MyBaseClass = new MyBaseClass();
      var myDerived : MyDerivedClass = new MyDerivedClass();
      var o = myDerived;
      var b : MyBaseClass = myDerived;

      Console.WriteLine("mybase: Type is {0}", myBase.GetType());
      Console.WriteLine("myDerived: Type is {0}", myDerived.GetType());
      Console.WriteLine("object o = myDerived: Type is {0}", o.GetType());
      Console.WriteLine("MyBaseClass b = myDerived: Type is {0}", b.GetType());
   }
}

Test.Main();

/*

This code produces the following output.

mybase: Type is MyBaseClass
myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass
object o = myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass
MyBaseClass b = myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass 

*/

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0
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