WeakReference Class

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Represents a weak reference, which references an object while still allowing that object to be reclaimed by garbage collection.

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

[SerializableAttribute]
public class WeakReference

The WeakReference type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodWeakReferenceInitializes a new instance of the WeakReference class, referencing the specified object.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyIsAliveGets an indication whether the object referenced by the current WeakReference object has been garbage collected.
Public propertyTargetGets or sets the object (the target) referenced by the current WeakReference object.
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  NameDescription
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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A weak reference allows the garbage collector to collect an object while still allowing an application to access the object. If you need the object, you can still obtain a strong reference to it and prevent it from being collected.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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