Gets the type from which the current Type directly inherits.
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
The base type is the type from which the current type directly inherits. Object is the only type that does not have a base type, therefore a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) is returned as the base type of Object.
Interfaces inherit from zero or more base interfaces; therefore, this property returns a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) if the Type object represents an interface. The base interfaces can be determined with GetInterfaces or FindInterfaces.
If the current Type represents a constructed generic type, the base type reflects the generic arguments. For example, consider the following declarations:
For the constructed type C<int> (C(Of Integer) in Visual Basic), the property returns B<int>.
If the current Type represents a type parameter of a generic type definition, returns the class constraint, that is, the class the type parameter must inherit. If there is no class constraint, returns System.Object.
This property is read-only.
The following example demonstrates using the property.
The following example uses recursion to list the complete inheritance hierarchy of each class found in an assembly. The example defines a class named C that derives from a class named B, which, in turn, derives from a class named A.