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MethodBase.IsSpecialName Property

Gets a value indicating whether this method has a special name.

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

'Declaration
Public ReadOnly Property IsSpecialName As Boolean

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if this method has a special name; otherwise, false.

The SpecialName bit is set to flag members that are treated in a special way by some compilers (such as property accessors and operator overloading methods).

This example shows a use of IsSpecialName to filter internal or private members out of a list.


Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.Text
Public Class Sample
    Protected ShowMethods As Boolean
    Protected myWriter As StreamWriter
    Private Sub DumpMethods(ByVal aType As Type)
        If Not ShowMethods Then
            Return
        End If
        Dim mInfo As MethodInfo() = aType.GetMethods()
        myWriter.WriteLine("Methods")
        Dim found As Boolean = False
        If mInfo.Length <> 0 Then
            Dim i As Integer
            For i = 0 To mInfo.Length - 1
                ' Only display methods declared in this type. Also 
                ' filter out any methods with special names, because these
                ' cannot be generally called by the user. That is, their 
                ' functionality is usually exposed in other ways, for example,
                ' property get/set methods are exposed as properties.
                If mInfo(i).DeclaringType Is aType _
                   And Not mInfo(i).IsSpecialName Then
                    found = True
                    Dim modifiers As New StringBuilder()
                    If mInfo(i).IsStatic Then
                        modifiers.Append("static ")
                    End If
                    If mInfo(i).IsPublic Then
                        modifiers.Append("public ")
                    End If
                    If mInfo(i).IsFamily Then
                        modifiers.Append("protected ")
                    End If
                    If mInfo(i).IsAssembly Then
                        modifiers.Append("internal ")
                    End If
                    If mInfo(i).IsPrivate Then
                        modifiers.Append("private ")
                    End If
                    myWriter.WriteLine("{0} {1}", modifiers, mInfo(i))
                End If
            Next i
        End If
        If Not found Then
            myWriter.WriteLine("(none)")
        End If
    End Sub
End Class


.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

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

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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