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CodeBaseReferenceExpression Class

Represents a reference to the base class.

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

public class CodeBaseReferenceExpression : CodeExpression

CodeBaseReferenceExpression represents a reference to the base class of the current class. The base class is sometimes also known as the parent class or super class. References to the base class are commonly used when overriding a method or property in order to call the base class's implementation of that method or property. For example, an override of a ToString method that appends a string to the end of the base class's ToString method would call base.ToString() in C#.

This example demonstrates using a CodeBaseReferenceExpression to reference a base class method.

// Example method invoke expression uses CodeBaseReferenceExpression to produce  
// a base.Dispose method call
CodeMethodInvokeExpression methodInvokeExpression =                 

    // Creates a method invoke expression 
    new CodeMethodInvokeExpression(

    // targetObject parameter can be a  
    // base class reference 
    new CodeBaseReferenceExpression(),

    // Method name and method parameter arguments 
    "Dispose", new CodeExpression[] {});            

// A C# code generator produces the following source code for the preceeding example code: 

// base.Dispose();


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, 1.1, 1.0