DefaultMemberAttribute Class
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DefaultMemberAttribute Class


Defines the member of a type that is the default member used by InvokeMember.

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


<AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class Or AttributeTargets.Struct Or AttributeTargets.Interface)>
Public NotInheritable Class DefaultMemberAttribute
	Inherits Attribute


Initializes a new instance of the DefaultMemberAttribute class.


Gets the name from the attribute.


When implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute.(Inherited from Attribute.)


This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns the hash code for this instance.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)


When overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class.(Inherited from Attribute.)


When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Maps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Retrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Retrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1).(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr)

Provides access to properties and methods exposed by an object.(Inherited from Attribute.)

A property is imported as an indexer (default indexed property in Visual Basic) if the property has arguments and if the name of the property or one of its accessors matches the name specified by the DefaultMemberAttribute. If the DefaultMemberAttribute is not present on the containing type, then the type does not have an indexer. The C# compiler emits the DefaultMemberAttribute on any type containing an indexer. In C# it is an error to manually attribute a type with the DefaultMemberAttribute if the type also declares an indexer.

The following example uses the DefaultMemberAttribute attribute to make the Age property the default member of the MyClass class.

Imports System
Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.IO
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

<DefaultMemberAttribute("Age")> Public Class [MyClass]

    Public Sub Name(ByVal s As String)
    End Sub 'Name

    Public ReadOnly Property Age() As Integer
            Return 20
        End Get
    End Property

    Public Shared Sub Main()
            Dim myType As Type = GetType([MyClass])
            Dim memberInfoArray As MemberInfo() = myType.GetDefaultMembers()
            If memberInfoArray.Length > 0 Then
                Dim memberInfoObj As MemberInfo
                For Each memberInfoObj In memberInfoArray
                    Console.WriteLine("The default member name is: " + memberInfoObj.ToString())
                Next memberInfoObj
                Console.WriteLine("No default members are available.")
            End If
        Catch e As InvalidOperationException
            Console.WriteLine("InvalidOperationException: " + e.Message)
        Catch e As IOException
            Console.WriteLine("IOException: " + e.Message)
        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("Exception: " + e.Message)
        End Try
    End Sub 'Main
End Class '[MyClass]

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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