MemberInfo.IsDefined Method

When overridden in a derived class, indicates whether one or more attributes of the specified type or of its derived types is applied to this member.

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

Public MustOverride Function IsDefined ( _
	attributeType As Type, _
	inherit As Boolean _
) As Boolean


Type: System.Type
The type of custom attribute to search for. The search includes derived types.
Type: System.Boolean
true to search this member's inheritance chain to find the attributes; otherwise, false. This parameter is ignored for properties and events; see Remarks.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if one or more instances of attributeType or any of its derived types is applied to this member; otherwise, false.


ICustomAttributeProvider.IsDefined(Type, Boolean)

This method ignores the inherit parameter for properties and events. To search the inheritance chain for attributes on properties and events, use the appropriate overloads of the Attribute.IsDefined method.

The following example determines whether the specified attribute is applied to the specified member.

Imports System.Reflection

' Define a custom attribute with one named parameter.
<AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.All)> Public Class MyAttribute
   Inherits Attribute
   Private myName As String

   Public Sub New(ByVal name As String)
      myName = name
   End Sub 'New

   Public ReadOnly Property Name() As String
         Return myName
      End Get
   End Property
End Class 'MyAttribute

' Define a class that has the custom attribute associated with one of its members.
Public Class MyClass1

   <MyAttribute("This is an example attribute.")> Public Sub MyMethod(ByVal i As Integer)
   End Sub 'MyMethod
End Class 'MyClass1

Public Class Example

   Public Shared Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)
         ' Get the type of MyClass1.
         Dim myType As Type = GetType(MyClass1)
         ' Get the members associated with MyClass1.
         Dim myMembers As MemberInfo() = myType.GetMembers()

         ' Display the attributes for each of the members of MyClass1.
         Dim i As Integer
         For i = 0 To myMembers.Length - 1
            ' Display the attribute if it is of type MyAttribute.
            If myMembers(i).IsDefined(GetType(MyAttribute), False) Then
               Dim myAttributes As [Object]() = myMembers(i).GetCustomAttributes(GetType(MyAttribute), False)
               outputBlock.Text += String.Format(ControlChars.Cr + "The attributes of type MyAttribute for the member {0} are: " + ControlChars.Cr, myMembers(i)) & vbCrLf
               Dim j As Integer
               For j = 0 To myAttributes.Length - 1
                  ' Display the value associated with the attribute.
                  outputBlock.Text += String.Format("The value of the attribute is : ""{0}""", CType(myAttributes(j), MyAttribute).Name) & vbCrLf
               Next j
            End If
         Next i
      Catch e As Exception
         outputBlock.Text += String.Format("An exception occurred: {0}", e.Message) & vbCrLf
      End Try
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'MemberInfo_GetCustomAttributes_IsDefined


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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