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Missing Field

Type.Missing Field

Represents a missing value in the Type information. This field is read-only.

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

public static readonly Object Missing

Use the Missing field for invocation through reflection to obtain the default value of a parameter. If the Missing field is passed in for a parameter value and there is no default value for that parameter, an ArgumentException is thrown.

The following code example shows the use of the Missing field to invoke a method with its default arguments.

using System;
using System.Reflection;
using System.CodeDom.Compiler;

class Example
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        // VB source for example. Not all versions of CS and CPP compilers 
        // support optional arguments. 
        string codeLines =
            "Imports System\n\n" +
            "Public Class OptionalArg\n" +
            "  Public Sub MyMethod(ByVal a As Integer, _\n" +
            "    Optional ByVal b As Double = 1.2, _\n" +
            "    Optional ByVal c As Integer = 1)\n\n" +
            "    Console.WriteLine(\"a = \" & a & \" b = \" & b & \" c = \" & c)\n" +
            "  End Sub\n" +
            "End Class\n";

        // Generate a OptionalArg instance from the source above. 
        object o = GenerateObjectFromSource("OptionalArg", codeLines, "VisualBasic");
        Type t;

        t = o.GetType();
        BindingFlags bf = BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance |
            BindingFlags.InvokeMethod | BindingFlags.OptionalParamBinding;

        t.InvokeMember("MyMethod", bf, null, o, new object[] {10, 55.3, 12});
        t.InvokeMember("MyMethod", bf, null, o, new object[] {10, 1.3, Type.Missing});
        t.InvokeMember("MyMethod", bf, null, o, new object[] {10, Type.Missing, Type.Missing});
    }

    private static object GenerateObjectFromSource(string objectName,
        string sourceLines, string providerName)
    {
        object genObject = null;
        CodeDomProvider codeProvider = CodeDomProvider.CreateProvider(providerName);
        CompilerParameters cp = new CompilerParameters();

        cp.GenerateExecutable = false;
        cp.GenerateInMemory = true;

        CompilerResults results =
            codeProvider.CompileAssemblyFromSource(cp, sourceLines);
        if (results.Errors.Count == 0)
        {
            genObject = results.CompiledAssembly.CreateInstance(objectName);
        }

        return genObject;
    }
}

This code produces the following output:

a = 10 b = 55.3 c = 12

a = 10 b = 1.3 c = 1

a = 10 b = 1.2 c = 1

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
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