MarshalAsAttribute.SizeParamIndex Field


Indicates the zero-based parameter that contains the count of array elements, similar to size_is in COM.

Namespace:   System.Runtime.InteropServices
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

Public SizeParamIndex As Short

Field Value

Type: System.Int16

The SizeParamIndex field supports managed-to-unmanaged and unmanaged-to-managed calls. It does not have any effect on managed code that calls COM objects.

Depending on the managed type and the attributes applied to it, the array can be passed as a safe array or C-style array.

When arrays are passed as C-style arrays, the marshaler cannot determine the size of the array. Therefore, to pass an managed array to an unmanaged function or method, you must provide two arguments:

  • The array, defined by reference or value.

  • The array size, defined by reference or value.

The zero-based index of the array size parameter is defined by using the SizeParamIndex field.

If you specify both SizeParamIndex and MarshalAsAttribute.SizeConst with a UnmanagedType.LPArray field, the sum of the fields' values produces a size total.

For more information, see Default Marshaling for Arrays.

Option Strict Off

Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices
Imports SomeNamespace

Namespace SomeNamespace
    ' Force the layout of your fields to the C style struct layout.
    ' Without this, the .NET Framework will reorder your fields.

    <StructLayout(LayoutKind.Sequential)> _
    Structure Vertex
        Dim x As Decimal
        Dim y As Decimal
        Dim z As Decimal
    End Structure

    Class SomeClass
        ' Add [In] or [In, Out] attributes as approppriate.
        ' Marshal as a C style array of Vertex, where the second (SizeParamIndex is zero-based)
        '  parameter (size) contains the count of array elements.

        Declare Auto Sub SomeUnsafeMethod Lib "somelib.dll" ( _
                                      <MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.LPArray, SizeParamIndex:=1)> data() As Vertex, _
                                      size As Long ) 

        Public Sub SomeMethod()
            Dim verts(3) As Vertex
            SomeUnsafeMethod( verts, verts.Length )
        End Sub

    End Class

End Namespace

Module Test
	Sub Main
        Dim AClass As New SomeClass

    	End Sub
End Module

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 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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