OpCodes.TakesSingleByteArgument Method (OpCode)


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Returns true or false if the supplied opcode takes a single byte argument.

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

public static bool TakesSingleByteArgument(
	OpCode inst


Type: System.Reflection.Emit.OpCode

An instance of an Opcode object.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean

True or false.

This method can be used to find which MSIL opcodes are "short form", for use in optimized code.

TakesSingleByteArgument returns true if the OpCode instance takes a single byte argument in the following cases:

  • The opcode performs a branch instruction to a byte-sized address (for example, Br_S and Bgt_S).

  • The opcode pushes a byte value onto the stack (for example, Ldc_I4_S).

  • The opcode references a variable or argument via the byte-sized "short form" (for example, Ldloc_S and Stloc_S).

Otherwise, it returns false.

The example below demonstrates the use of TakesSingleByteArgument by reflecting on to the OpCodes class and testing to see whether each OpCode field takes a single-byte argument.

public static void Main()
   // We need a blank OpCode object for reference when calling FieldInfo.GetValue().

   OpCode blankOpCode = new OpCode(); 

   Type myOpCodesType = Type.GetType("System.Reflection.Emit.OpCodes");
   FieldInfo[] listOfOpCodes = myOpCodesType.GetFields();

   Console.WriteLine("Which OpCodes take single-byte arguments?");

   // Now, let's reflect on each FieldInfo and create an instance of the OpCode it represents.

   foreach (FieldInfo opCodeFI in listOfOpCodes)
	object theOpCode = opCodeFI.GetValue(blankOpCode);

	Console.WriteLine("{0}: {1}", opCodeFI.Name, 


Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.1
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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