Type.TypeHandle Property

 

Gets the handle for the current Type.

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

Public Overridable ReadOnly Property TypeHandle As RuntimeTypeHandle

Property Value

Type: System.RuntimeTypeHandle

The handle for the current Type.

Exception Condition
NotSupportedException

The .NET Compact Framework does not currently support this property.

TypeHandle encapsulates a pointer to an internal data structure that represents the type. This handle is unique during the process lifetime. The handle is valid only in the application domain in which it was obtained.

The following example returns the handle of the corresponding type and passes the handle to a method that gets the type from the handle and displays it.

Imports System
Imports System.Reflection
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic
Class [MyClass]
    Public myField As Integer = 10
End Class '[MyClass]
Class Type_TypeHandle
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Try
            Dim [myClass] As New [MyClass]()

            ' Get the type of MyClass.
            Dim myClassType As Type = [myClass].GetType()

            ' Get the runtime handle of MyClass.
            Dim myClassHandle As RuntimeTypeHandle = myClassType.TypeHandle

            DisplayTypeHandle(myClassHandle)
        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("Exception: {0}", e.Message.ToString())
        End Try
    End Sub 'Main

    Public Shared Sub DisplayTypeHandle(ByVal myTypeHandle As RuntimeTypeHandle)
        ' Get the type from the handle.
        Dim myType As Type = Type.GetTypeFromHandle(myTypeHandle)
        ' Display the type.
        Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.NewLine + "Displaying the type from the handle:" + ControlChars.NewLine)
        Console.WriteLine("The type is {0}.", myType.ToString())
    End Sub 'DisplayTypeHandle
End Class 'Type_TypeHandle

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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