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Type.IsByRef Property

Gets a value indicating whether the Type is passed by reference.

Namespace:  System
Assemblies:   System.Runtime (in System.Runtime.dll)
  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

'Declaration
Public ReadOnly Property IsByRef As Boolean

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the Type is passed by reference; otherwise, false.

To get to the actual type, dereference the type that was passed by reference, and then call GetElementType on that type.

The following example demonstrates a use of the IsByRef property to check whether a specified type is passed by reference. The example defines the class MyTypeDelegator, which overrides the HasElementTypeImpl method. The main class checks for the HasElementType property and displays the element type.

Imports System
Imports System.Reflection
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic
Public Class MyTypeDelegator
    Inherits TypeDelegator
    Public myElementType As String = Nothing 
    Private myType As Type = Nothing 
    Public Sub New(ByVal myType As Type)
        MyBase.New(myType)
        Me.myType = myType
    End Sub 'New 
    ' Override Type.HasElementTypeImpl(). 
    Protected Overrides Function HasElementTypeImpl() As Boolean 
        ' Determine whether the type is an array. 
        If myType.IsArray Then
            myElementType = "array" 
            Return True 
        End If 
        ' Determine whether the type is a reference. 
        If myType.IsByRef Then
            myElementType = "reference" 
            Return True 
        End If 
        ' Determine whether the type is a pointer. 
        If myType.IsPointer Then
            myElementType = "pointer" 
            Return True 
        End If 
        ' The type is not a reference, array, or pointer type. 
        Return False 
    End Function 'HasElementTypeImpl
End Class 'MyTypeDelegator
Public Class Type_HasElementTypeImpl
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Try 
            Dim myInt As Integer = 0
            Dim myArray(4) As Integer 
            Dim myType As New MyTypeDelegator(myArray.GetType())
            Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.NewLine + "Determine whether a variable refers to an array or pointer or reference type." + ControlChars.NewLine)
            ' Determine whether myType is an array, pointer, reference type.   
            If myType.HasElementType Then
                Console.WriteLine("The type of myArray is {0}.", myType.myElementType.ToString())
            Else
                Console.WriteLine("myArray is not an array, pointer, or reference type.")
            End If
            myType = New MyTypeDelegator(myInt.GetType())
            ' Determine whether myType is an array, pointer, reference type.  
            If myType.HasElementType Then
                Console.WriteLine("The type of myInt is {0}.", myType.myElementType.ToString())
            Else
                Console.WriteLine("myInt is not an array, pointer, or reference type.")
            End If 
        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("Exception: {0}", e.Message.ToString())
        End Try 
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Type_HasElementTypeImpl

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 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 Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

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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