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ComEventInterfaceAttribute Class
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ComEventInterfaceAttribute Class

Identifies the source interface and the class that implements the methods of the event interface that is generated when a coclass is imported from a COM type library.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComEventInterfaceAttribute

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

[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Interface, Inherited = false)]
public sealed class ComEventInterfaceAttribute : Attribute

The ComEventInterfaceAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodComEventInterfaceAttributeInitializes a new instance of the ComEventInterfaceAttribute class with the source interface and event provider class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyEventProviderGets the class that implements the methods of the event interface.
Public propertySourceInterfaceGets the original source interface from the type library.
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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You can apply this attribute to interfaces, although the Tlbimp.exe (Type Library Importer) typically applies it for you when it imports a type library.

When a source interface is imported from a type library, any methods it implements are added as events to a generated event interface. Tlbimp.exe applies ComEventInterfaceAttribute to the event interface to identify the managed class that implements the methods of the event interface and implements the original source interface. The common language runtime uses this attribute at run time to perform the following tasks:

  • Associate events exposed by the interface to their implementation in the event provider class.

  • Link the events to the original COM source interface.

You rarely apply this attribute. However, if you plan to write source code that produces metadata that closely simulates metadata produced by Tlbimp.exe, you should create a event interface for each original source interface. For a detailed description about how Tlbimp.exe imports events, see Imported Member Conversion. For instruction about how to expose a COM event to a.NET client, see How to: Handle Events Raised by a COM Source.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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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