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Type.GetEvent Method (String, BindingFlags)

When overridden in a derived class, returns the EventInfo object representing the specified event, using the specified binding constraints.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
'Declaration
Public MustOverride Function GetEvent ( _
	name As String, _
	bindingAttr As BindingFlags _
) As EventInfo

Parameters

name
Type: System.String

The string containing the name of an event which is declared or inherited by the current Type.

bindingAttr
Type: System.Reflection.BindingFlags

A bitmask comprised of one or more BindingFlags that specify how the search is conducted.

-or-

Zero, to return Nothing.

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection.EventInfo
The object representing the specified event that is declared or inherited by the current Type, if found; otherwise, Nothing.

Implements

_Type.GetEvent(String, BindingFlags)
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

name is Nothing.

The following BindingFlags filter flags can be used to define which events to include in the search:

  • You must specify either BindingFlags.Instance or BindingFlags.Static in order to get a return.

  • Specify BindingFlags.Public to include public events in the search.

  • Specify BindingFlags.NonPublic to include non-public events (that is, private, internal, and protected events) in the search.

  • Specify BindingFlags.FlattenHierarchy to include public and protected static members up the hierarchy; private static members in inherited classes are not included.

The following BindingFlags modifier flags can be used to change how the search works:

  • BindingFlags.IgnoreCase to ignore the case of name.

  • BindingFlags.DeclaredOnly to search only the events declared on the Type, not events that were simply inherited.

See System.Reflection.BindingFlags for more information.

An event is considered public to reflection if it has at least one method or accessor that is public. Otherwise the event is considered private, and you must use BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.Static (in Visual Basic, combine the values using Or) to get it.

If the current Type represents a constructed generic type, this method returns the EventInfo with the type parameters replaced by the appropriate type arguments.

If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this method searches the events of the class constraint.

The following code example uses the GetEvent(String, BindingFlags) method to search a type for a public or non-public event named "Click" that is not static (Shared in Visual Basic).

Imports System
Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.Security
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

' Compile this sample using the following command line: 
' vbc type_getevent.vb /r:"System.Windows.Forms.dll" /r:"System.dll" 

Class MyEventExample
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Try 
            ' Creates a bitmask comprising  BindingFlags. 
            Dim myBindingFlags As BindingFlags = BindingFlags.Instance Or BindingFlags.Public _
                                                 Or BindingFlags.NonPublic
            Dim myTypeBindingFlags As Type = GetType(System.Windows.Forms.Button)
            Dim myEventBindingFlags As EventInfo = myTypeBindingFlags.GetEvent("Click", myBindingFlags)
            If myEventBindingFlags IsNot Nothing Then
                Console.WriteLine("Looking for the Click event in the Button class with the specified BindingFlags.")
                Console.WriteLine(myEventBindingFlags.ToString())
            Else
                Console.WriteLine("The Click event is not available with the Button class.")
            End If 
        Catch e As SecurityException
            Console.WriteLine("An exception occurred.")
            Console.WriteLine("Message :" + e.Message)
        Catch e As ArgumentNullException
            Console.WriteLine("An exception occurred.")
            Console.WriteLine("Message :" + e.Message)
        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("The following exception was raised : {0}", e.Message)
        End Try 
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'MyEventExample

.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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