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Type.HasElementTypeImpl Method

When overridden in a derived class, implements the HasElementType property and determines whether the current Type encompasses or refers to another type; that is, whether the current Type is an array, a pointer, or is passed by reference.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
protected abstract bool HasElementTypeImpl()

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the Type is an array, a pointer, or is passed by reference; otherwise, false.

For example, Type.GetType("Int32[]").HasElementTypeImpl returns true, but Type.GetType("Int32").HasElementTypeImpl returns false. HasElementTypeImpl also returns true for "Int32*" and "Int32&".

The following example defines the class MyTypeDelegator, which overrides the HasElementTypeImpl method. The main class checks for the HasElementType property and displays the element type.

using System;
using System.Reflection;
public class MyTypeDelegator : TypeDelegator
{
    public string myElementType = null;
    private Type myType = null ; 
    public MyTypeDelegator(Type myType) : base(myType)
    {
        this.myType = myType;
    }
    // Override Type.HasElementTypeImpl(). 
    protected override bool HasElementTypeImpl()
    {
        // Determine whether the type is an array. 
        if(myType.IsArray)
        {
            myElementType = "array";
            return true;
        }
        // Determine whether the type is a reference. 
        if(myType.IsByRef)
        {
            myElementType = "reference";
            return true;
        }
        // Determine whether the type is a pointer. 
        if(myType.IsPointer)
        { 
            myElementType = "pointer";
            return true;
        }
        // Return false if the type is not a reference, array, or pointer type. 
        return false;
    }  
}
public class Type_HasElementTypeImpl
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        try
        {
            int myInt = 0 ; 
            int[] myArray = new int[5];
            MyTypeDelegator myType = new MyTypeDelegator(myArray.GetType());
            // Determine whether myType is an array, pointer, reference type.  
            Console.WriteLine("\nDetermine whether a variable is an array, pointer, or reference type.\n");
            if( myType.HasElementType)
                Console.WriteLine("The type of myArray is {0}.", myType.myElementType);
            else
                Console.WriteLine("myArray is not an array, pointer, or reference type.");
            myType = new MyTypeDelegator(myInt.GetType());
            // Determine whether myType is an array, pointer, reference type.  
            if( myType.HasElementType)
                Console.WriteLine("The type of myInt is {0}.", myType.myElementType);
            else
                Console.WriteLine("myInt is not an array, pointer, or reference type.");
        }
        catch( Exception e )
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Exception: {0}", e.Message);
        }
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 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

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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.

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