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CodeTypeParameter Class

Represents a type parameter of a generic type or method.

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

[SerializableAttribute]
[ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch)]
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public class CodeTypeParameter : CodeObject

The CodeTypeParameter class represents a type parameter in the declaration of a generic type or method.

A generic type or method declaration contains one or more unspecified types known as type parameters. A type parameter name stands for the type within the body of the generic declaration. For example, the generic declaration for the List<T> class contains the type parameter T.

For more information on generics, see Generics in the .NET Framework Class Library (C# Programming Guide).

The following code example shows the use of the CodeTypeParameter class to create a CodeDOM graph to generate an application containing generics code.

using System.CodeDom;
using System.CodeDom.Compiler;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Specialized;
using System.IO;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Text.RegularExpressions;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Collections.Generic;
namespace System.CodeDom
{
    class CodeDomGenericsDemo
    {
        static void Main()
        {
            try
            {
                CreateGenericsCode("cs", "Generic.cs", "GenericCS.exe");
            }
            catch (Exception e)
            {
                LogMessage("Unexpected Exception:" + e.ToString());
            }
        }

        static void CreateGenericsCode(string providerName, string sourceFileName, string assemblyName)
        {

            CodeDomProvider provider = CodeDomProvider.CreateProvider(providerName);

            LogMessage("Building CodeDOM graph...");

            CodeCompileUnit cu = new CodeCompileUnit();

            CreateGraph(provider, cu);

            StringWriter sw = new StringWriter();

            LogMessage("Generating code...");
            provider.GenerateCodeFromCompileUnit(cu, sw, null);

            string output = sw.ToString();
            output = Regex.Replace(output, "Runtime Version:[^\r\n]*",
                "Runtime Version omitted for demo");

            LogMessage("Dumping source...");
            LogMessage(output);

            LogMessage("Writing source to file...");
            Stream s = File.Open(sourceFileName, FileMode.Create);
            StreamWriter t = new StreamWriter(s);
            t.Write(output);
            t.Close();
            s.Close();

            CompilerParameters opt = new CompilerParameters(new string[]{
                                      "System.dll", 
                                      "System.Xml.dll",
                                      "System.Windows.Forms.dll",
                                      "System.Data.dll",
                                      "System.Drawing.dll"});
            opt.GenerateExecutable = false;
            opt.TreatWarningsAsErrors = true;
            opt.IncludeDebugInformation = true;
            opt.GenerateInMemory = true;

            CompilerResults results;

            LogMessage("Compiling with " + providerName);
            results = provider.CompileAssemblyFromFile(opt, sourceFileName);

            OutputResults(results);
            if (results.NativeCompilerReturnValue != 0)
            {
                LogMessage("");
                LogMessage("Compilation failed.");
            }
            else
            {
                LogMessage("");
                LogMessage("Demo completed successfully.");
            }
            File.Delete(sourceFileName);
        }

        // Create a CodeDOM graph. 
        static void CreateGraph(CodeDomProvider provider, CodeCompileUnit cu)
        {
            if (!provider.Supports(GeneratorSupport.GenericTypeReference |
               GeneratorSupport.GenericTypeDeclaration))
            {
                // Return if the generator does not support generics. 
                return;
            }

            CodeNamespace ns = new CodeNamespace("DemoNamespace");
            ns.Imports.Add(new CodeNamespaceImport("System"));
            ns.Imports.Add(new CodeNamespaceImport("System.Collections.Generic"));
            cu.Namespaces.Add(ns);

            // Declare a generic class.
            CodeTypeDeclaration class1 = new CodeTypeDeclaration();
            class1.Name = "MyDictionary";
            class1.BaseTypes.Add(new CodeTypeReference("Dictionary",
                                      new CodeTypeReference[] {
                                          new CodeTypeReference("TKey"),    
                                          new CodeTypeReference("TValue"),    
                                     }));
            CodeTypeParameter kType = new CodeTypeParameter("TKey");
            kType.HasConstructorConstraint = true;
            kType.Constraints.Add(new CodeTypeReference(typeof(IComparable)));
            kType.CustomAttributes.Add(new CodeAttributeDeclaration(
                "System.ComponentModel.DescriptionAttribute",
                    new CodeAttributeArgument(new CodePrimitiveExpression("KeyType"))));

            CodeTypeReference iComparableT = new CodeTypeReference("IComparable");
            iComparableT.TypeArguments.Add(new CodeTypeReference(kType));

            kType.Constraints.Add(iComparableT);

            CodeTypeParameter vType = new CodeTypeParameter("TValue");
            vType.Constraints.Add(new CodeTypeReference(typeof(IList<System.String>)));
            vType.CustomAttributes.Add(new CodeAttributeDeclaration(
                "System.ComponentModel.DescriptionAttribute",
                    new CodeAttributeArgument(new CodePrimitiveExpression("ValueType"))));

            class1.TypeParameters.Add(kType);
            class1.TypeParameters.Add(vType);

            ns.Types.Add(class1);

            // Declare a generic method.
            CodeMemberMethod printMethod = new CodeMemberMethod();
            CodeTypeParameter sType = new CodeTypeParameter("S");
            sType.HasConstructorConstraint = true;
            CodeTypeParameter tType = new CodeTypeParameter("T");
            sType.HasConstructorConstraint = true;

            printMethod.Name = "Print";
            printMethod.TypeParameters.Add(sType);
            printMethod.TypeParameters.Add(tType);

            printMethod.Statements.Add(ConsoleWriteLineStatement(
                new CodeDefaultValueExpression(new CodeTypeReference("T"))));
            printMethod.Statements.Add(ConsoleWriteLineStatement(
                new CodeDefaultValueExpression(new CodeTypeReference("S"))));

            printMethod.Attributes = MemberAttributes.Public;
            class1.Members.Add(printMethod);

            CodeTypeDeclaration class2 = new CodeTypeDeclaration();
            class2.Name = "Demo";

            CodeEntryPointMethod methodMain = new CodeEntryPointMethod();

            CodeTypeReference myClass = new CodeTypeReference(
                "MyDictionary",
                new CodeTypeReference[] {
                    new CodeTypeReference(typeof(int)),
                    new CodeTypeReference("List", 
                       new CodeTypeReference[] 
                            {new CodeTypeReference("System.String") })});

            methodMain.Statements.Add(
                  new CodeVariableDeclarationStatement(myClass,
                      "dict",
                          new CodeObjectCreateExpression(myClass)));

            methodMain.Statements.Add(ConsoleWriteLineStatement(
                new CodePropertyReferenceExpression(
                      new CodeVariableReferenceExpression("dict"),
                            "Count")));

            methodMain.Statements.Add(new CodeExpressionStatement(
                 new CodeMethodInvokeExpression(
                      new CodeMethodReferenceExpression(
                         new CodeVariableReferenceExpression("dict"),
                             "Print",
                                 new CodeTypeReference[] {
                                    new CodeTypeReference("System.Decimal"),
                                       new CodeTypeReference("System.Int32"),}),
                                           new CodeExpression[0])));

            string dictionaryTypeName = typeof(System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary<int,
                System.Collections.Generic.List<string>>[]).FullName;

            CodeTypeReference dictionaryType = new CodeTypeReference(dictionaryTypeName);
            methodMain.Statements.Add(
                  new CodeVariableDeclarationStatement(dictionaryType, "dict2",
                     new CodeArrayCreateExpression(dictionaryType, new CodeExpression[1] { new CodePrimitiveExpression(null) })));

            methodMain.Statements.Add(ConsoleWriteLineStatement(
                           new CodePropertyReferenceExpression(
                                new CodeVariableReferenceExpression("dict2"),
                                        "Length")));

            class2.Members.Add(methodMain);
            ns.Types.Add(class2);

        }

        static CodeStatement ConsoleWriteLineStatement(CodeExpression exp)
        {
            return new CodeExpressionStatement(
                new CodeMethodInvokeExpression(
                   new CodeMethodReferenceExpression(
                       new CodeTypeReferenceExpression(new CodeTypeReference("Console")),
                           "WriteLine"),
                               new CodeExpression[]{
                                   exp,
                                     }));
        }

        static CodeStatement ConsoleWriteLineStatement(string text)
        {
            return ConsoleWriteLineStatement(new CodePrimitiveExpression(text));
        }
        static void LogMessage(string text)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(text);
        }

        static void OutputResults(CompilerResults results)
        {
            LogMessage("NativeCompilerReturnValue=" +
                results.NativeCompilerReturnValue.ToString());
            foreach (string s in results.Output)
            {
                LogMessage(s);
            }
        }

    }
}
// This example generates the following code: 
//------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
// <auto-generated> 
//     This code was generated by a tool. 
//     Runtime Version omitted for demo 
// 
//     Changes to this file may cause incorrect behavior and will be lost if 
//     the code is regenerated. 
// </auto-generated> 
//------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 

//namespace DemoNamespace 
//{ 
//    using System; 
//    using System.Collections.Generic; 


//    public class MyDictionary<[System.ComponentModel.DescriptionAttribute("KeyType")]  TKey,
//          [System.ComponentModel.DescriptionAttribute("ValueType")]  TValue> : Dictionary<TKey, TValue>
//        where TKey : System.IComparable, IComparable<TKey>, new() 
//        where TValue : System.Collections.Generic.IList<string> 
//    { 

//        public virtual void Print<S, T>() 
//            where S : new() 
//        { 
//            Console.WriteLine(default(T)); 
//            Console.WriteLine(default(S)); 
//        } 
//    } 

//    public class Demo 
//    { 

//        public static void Main() 
//        { 
//            MyDictionary<int, List<string>> dict = new MyDictionary<int, List<string>>(); 
//            Console.WriteLine(dict.Count); 
//            dict.Print<decimal, int>(); 
//            System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary<int, System.Collections.Generic.List<string>>[] dict2 = 
//              new System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary<int, System.Collections.Generic.List<string>>[] { null }; 
//            Console.WriteLine(dict2.Length); 
//        } 
//    } 
//}

System.Object
  System.CodeDom.CodeObject
    System.CodeDom.CodeTypeParameter

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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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