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Type.Missing Field

Represents a missing value in the Type information. This field is read-only.

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

public static readonly Object Missing

Use the Missing field for invocation through reflection to obtain the default value of a parameter. If the Missing field is passed in for a parameter value and there is no default value for that parameter, an ArgumentException is thrown.

The following code example shows the use of the Missing field to invoke a method with its default arguments.

using System;
using System.Reflection;
using System.CodeDom.Compiler;

class Example
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        // VB source for example. Not all versions of CS and CPP compilers 
        // support optional arguments.
        string codeLines =
            "Imports System\n\n" +
            "Public Class OptionalArg\n" +
            "  Public Sub MyMethod(ByVal a As Integer, _\n" +
            "    Optional ByVal b As Double = 1.2, _\n" +
            "    Optional ByVal c As Integer = 1)\n\n" +
            "    Console.WriteLine(\"a = \" & a & \" b = \" & b & \" c = \" & c)\n" +
            "  End Sub\n" +
            "End Class\n";

        // Generate a OptionalArg instance from the source above.
        object o = GenerateObjectFromSource("OptionalArg", codeLines, "VisualBasic");
        Type t;

        t = o.GetType();
        BindingFlags bf = BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance |
            BindingFlags.InvokeMethod | BindingFlags.OptionalParamBinding;

        t.InvokeMember("MyMethod", bf, null, o, new object[] {10, 55.3, 12});
        t.InvokeMember("MyMethod", bf, null, o, new object[] {10, 1.3, Type.Missing});
        t.InvokeMember("MyMethod", bf, null, o, new object[] {10, Type.Missing, Type.Missing});
    }

    private static object GenerateObjectFromSource(string objectName,
        string sourceLines, string providerName)
    {
        object genObject = null;
        CodeDomProvider codeProvider = CodeDomProvider.CreateProvider(providerName);
        CompilerParameters cp = new CompilerParameters();

        cp.GenerateExecutable = false;
        cp.GenerateInMemory = true;

        CompilerResults results =
            codeProvider.CompileAssemblyFromSource(cp, sourceLines);
        if (results.Errors.Count == 0)
        {
            genObject = results.CompiledAssembly.CreateInstance(objectName);
        }

        return genObject;
    }
}

This code produces the following output:

a = 10 b = 55.3 c = 12

a = 10 b = 1.3 c = 1

a = 10 b = 1.2 c = 1

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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