Type.BaseType Property

 
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Gets the type from which the current Type directly inherits.

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

Public MustOverride ReadOnly Property BaseType As Type

Property Value

Type: System.Type

The Type from which the current Type directly inherits, or null if the current Type represents the Object class or an interface.

Implements

_Type.BaseType

The base type is the type from which the current type directly inherits. Object is the only type that does not have a base type, therefore null is returned as the base type of Object.

Interfaces inherit from zero or more base interfaces; therefore, this property returns null if the Type object represents an interface. The base interfaces can be determined with GetInterfaces or FindInterfaces.

If the current Type represents a constructed generic type, the base type reflects the generic arguments. For example, consider the following declarations:

Class B(Of U)
End Class
Class C(Of T)
    Inherits B(Of T)
End Class

For the constructed type C<int> (C(Of Integer) in Visual Basic), the BaseType property returns B<int>.

If the current Type represents a type parameter of a generic type definition, BaseType returns the class constraint, that is, the class the type parameter must inherit. If there is no class constraint, BaseType returns System.Object.

This property is read-only.

The following example demonstrates using the BaseType property.

Imports System

Class TestType

    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim t As Type = GetType(Integer)
        Console.WriteLine("{0} inherits from {1}.", t, t.BaseType)
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'TestType

The following example uses recursion to list the complete inheritance hierarchy of each class found in an assembly. The example defines a class named C that derives from a class named B, which, in turn, derives from a class named A.

Public Class Example
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      For Each t In GetType(Example).Assembly.GetTypes()
         Console.WriteLine("{0} derived from: ", t.FullName)
         Dim derived As Type = t
         Do 
            derived = derived.BaseType
            If derived IsNot Nothing Then 
               Console.WriteLine("   {0}", derived.FullName)
            End If   
         Loop While derived IsNot Nothing
         Console.WriteLine() 
      Next 
   End Sub
End Class

Public Class A 
End Class

Public Class B : Inherits A
End Class

Public Class C : Inherits B
End Class
' The example displays the following output:
'       Example derived from:
'          System.Object
'       
'       A derived from:
'          System.Object
'       
'       B derived from:
'          A
'          System.Object
'       
'       C derived from:
'          B
'          A
'          System.Object

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