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HasElementTypeImpl Method
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Type::HasElementTypeImpl Method

When overridden in a derived class, implements the HasElementType property and determines whether the current Type encompasses or refers to another type; that is, whether the current Type is an array, a pointer, or is passed by reference.

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

protected:
virtual bool HasElementTypeImpl() abstract

Return Value

Type: System::Boolean
true if the Type is an array, a pointer, or is passed by reference; otherwise, false.

For example, Type.GetType("Int32[]").HasElementTypeImpl returns true, but Type.GetType("Int32").HasElementTypeImpl returns false. HasElementTypeImpl also returns true for "Int32*" and "Int32&".

The following example defines the class MyTypeDelegator, which overrides the HasElementTypeImpl method. The main class checks for the HasElementType property and displays the element type.


using namespace System;
using namespace System::Reflection;
public ref class MyTypeDelegator: public TypeDelegator
{
public:
   String^ myElementType;

private:
   Type^ myType;

public:
   MyTypeDelegator( Type^ myType )
      : TypeDelegator( myType )
   {
      this->myType = myType;
   }


protected:

   // Override Type::HasElementTypeImpl().
   virtual bool HasElementTypeImpl() override
   {

      // Determine whether the type is an array.
      if ( myType->IsArray )
      {
         myElementType = "array";
         return true;
      }


      // Determine whether the type is a reference.
      if ( myType->IsByRef )
      {
         myElementType = "reference";
         return true;
      }


      // Determine whether the type is a pointer.
      if ( myType->IsPointer )
      {
         myElementType = "pointer";
         return true;
      }


      // Return false if the type is not a reference, array, or pointer type.
      return false;
   }

};

int main()
{
   try
   {
      int myInt = 0;
      array<Int32>^myArray = gcnew array<Int32>(5);
      MyTypeDelegator^ myType = gcnew MyTypeDelegator( myArray->GetType() );

      // Determine whether myType is an array, pointer, reference type.
      Console::WriteLine( "\nDetermine whether a variable is an array, pointer, or reference type.\n" );
      if ( myType->HasElementType )
            Console::WriteLine( "The type of myArray is {0}.", myType->myElementType );
      else
            Console::WriteLine( "myArray is not an array, pointer, or reference type." );
      myType = gcnew MyTypeDelegator( myInt.GetType() );

      // Determine whether myType is an array, pointer, reference type.
      if ( myType->HasElementType )
            Console::WriteLine( "The type of myInt is {0}.", myType->myElementType );
      else
            Console::WriteLine( "myInt is not an array, pointer, or reference type." );
   }
   catch ( Exception^ e ) 
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "Exception: {0}", e->Message );
   }

}



.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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