CodeTypeParameter Class
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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
	Inherits CodeObject
Dim instance As CodeTypeParameter

/** @attribute SerializableAttribute() */ 
/** @attribute ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch) */ 
/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
public class CodeTypeParameter extends CodeObject
public class CodeTypeParameter extends CodeObject
Not applicable.

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 class contains the type parameter T.

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

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

Imports System.CodeDom
Imports System.CodeDom.Compiler
Imports System.Collections
Imports System.Collections.Specialized
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.Text.RegularExpressions
Imports System.Globalization
Imports System.Collections.Generic

Class CodeDomGenericsDemo

    Shared Sub Main()
            CreateGenericsCode("vb", "Generic.vb", "GenericVB.exe")
        Catch e As Exception
            LogMessage(("Unexpected Exception:" + e.ToString()))
        End Try

    End Sub 'Main

    Shared Sub CreateGenericsCode(ByVal providerName As String, ByVal sourceFileName As String, ByVal assemblyName As String)

        Dim provider As CodeDomProvider = CodeDomProvider.CreateProvider(providerName)

        LogMessage("Building CodeDOM graph...")

        Dim cu As New CodeCompileUnit()

        CreateGraph(provider, cu)

        Dim sw As New StringWriter()

        LogMessage("Generating code...")
        provider.GenerateCodeFromCompileUnit(cu, sw, Nothing)

        Dim output As String = sw.ToString()
        output = Regex.Replace(output, "Runtime version:[^" + vbCr + vbLf + "]*", "Runtime version omitted for demo")

        LogMessage("Displaying source code...")

        LogMessage("Writing source code to file...")
        Dim s As Stream = File.Open(sourceFileName, FileMode.Create)
        Dim t As New StreamWriter(s)

        Dim opt As 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

        Dim results As CompilerResults

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

        If results.NativeCompilerReturnValue <> 0 Then
            LogMessage("Compilation failed.")
            LogMessage("Demo completed successfully.")
        End If

    End Sub 'CreateGenericsCode

    ' Create a CodeDOM graph.
    Shared Sub CreateGraph(ByVal provider As CodeDomProvider, ByVal cu As CodeCompileUnit)
        ' Determine if the generator supports generics.
        If Not provider.Supports(GeneratorSupport.GenericTypeReference Or GeneratorSupport.GenericTypeDeclaration) Then
            ' Return if the generator does not support generics.
        End If
        Dim ns As New CodeNamespace("DemoNamespace")
        ns.Imports.Add(New CodeNamespaceImport("System"))
        ns.Imports.Add(New CodeNamespaceImport("System.Collections.Generic"))

        ' Declare a generic class.
        Dim class1 As New CodeTypeDeclaration()
        class1.Name = "MyDictionary"
        class1.BaseTypes.Add( _
            New CodeTypeReference("Dictionary", _
                New CodeTypeReference() {New CodeTypeReference("TKey"), _
                    New CodeTypeReference("TValue")}))
        Dim kType As New CodeTypeParameter("TKey")
        kType.HasConstructorConstraint = True
        kType.Constraints.Add(New CodeTypeReference(GetType(IComparable)))
        kType.CustomAttributes.Add _
            (New CodeAttributeDeclaration("System.ComponentModel.DescriptionAttribute", _
                New CodeAttributeArgument(New CodePrimitiveExpression("KeyType"))))
        Dim iComparableT As New CodeTypeReference("IComparable")
        iComparableT.TypeArguments.Add(New CodeTypeReference(kType))


        Dim vType As New CodeTypeParameter("TValue")
        vType.Constraints.Add(New CodeTypeReference(GetType(IList(Of System.String))))
        vType.CustomAttributes.Add _
            (New CodeAttributeDeclaration("System.ComponentModel.DescriptionAttribute", _
                New CodeAttributeArgument(New CodePrimitiveExpression("ValueType"))))



        ' Declare a generic method.
        Dim printMethod As New CodeMemberMethod()
        Dim sType As New CodeTypeParameter("S")
        sType.HasConstructorConstraint = True
        Dim tType As New CodeTypeParameter("T")
        tType.HasConstructorConstraint = True

        printMethod.Name = "Print"

        printMethod.Statements.Add(ConsoleWriteLineStatement _
            (New CodeDefaultValueExpression(New CodeTypeReference("T"))))
        printMethod.Statements.Add(ConsoleWriteLineStatement _
            (New CodeDefaultValueExpression(New CodeTypeReference("S"))))
        printMethod.Attributes = MemberAttributes.Public

        Dim class2 As New CodeTypeDeclaration()
        class2.Name = "Demo"

        Dim methodMain As New CodeEntryPointMethod()

        Dim [myClass] As New CodeTypeReference("MyDictionary", _
            New CodeTypeReference() {New CodeTypeReference(GetType(Integer)), _
                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(-1) {})))
        Dim longTypeName As String = GetType( _
            System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary(Of Integer, _
                System.Collections.Generic.List(Of String))()).FullName

        Dim longType As New CodeTypeReference(longTypeName)

        methodMain.Statements.Add(New CodeVariableDeclarationStatement _
            (longType, "dict2", New CodeArrayCreateExpression _
                (longType, New CodeExpression(0) {New CodePrimitiveExpression(Nothing)})))

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


    End Sub 'CreateGraph

    Overloads Shared Function ConsoleWriteLineStatement(ByVal exp As CodeExpression) As CodeStatement
        Return New CodeExpressionStatement(New CodeMethodInvokeExpression _
            (New CodeMethodReferenceExpression _
                (New CodeTypeReferenceExpression _
                    (New CodeTypeReference("Console")), "WriteLine"), _
                        New CodeExpression() {exp}))

    End Function 'ConsoleWriteLineStatement

    Overloads Shared Function ConsoleWriteLineStatement(ByVal [text] As String) As CodeStatement
        Return ConsoleWriteLineStatement(New CodePrimitiveExpression([text]))

    End Function 'ConsoleWriteLineStatement

    Shared Sub LogMessage(ByVal [text] As String)

    End Sub 'LogMessage

    Shared Sub OutputResults(ByVal results As CompilerResults)
        LogMessage(("NativeCompilerReturnValue=" + results.NativeCompilerReturnValue.ToString()))
        Dim s As String
        For Each s In results.Output
        Next s

    End Sub 'OutputResults
End Class 'CodeDomGenericsDemo 


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

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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