Unmanaged Reflection API

Most metadata can be accessed using managed reflection. In a few cases, metadata is difficult to retrieve using the classes provided in managed reflection. There are also cases where managed reflection does not provide the best possible performance.

For information on the unmanaged reflection API, see Metadata Interfaces. The structures and enumerations used by the API are documented in Metadata Structures and Metadata Enumerations.

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Using the unmanaged reflection API requires familiarity with the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) documentation, especially "Partition II: Metadata Definition and Semantics" and "Partition III: CIL Instruction Set". The documentation is available online; see ECMA C# and Common Language Infrastructure Standards on MSDN and Standard ECMA-335 - Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) on the Ecma International Web site.

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