Type.GetEvent Method (String)

Updated: September 2009

Returns the EventInfo object representing the specified public event.

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

'Declaration
Public Function GetEvent ( _
	name As String _
) As EventInfo
'Usage
Dim instance As Type 
Dim name As String 
Dim returnValue As EventInfo 

returnValue = instance.GetEvent(name)

Parameters

name
Type: System.String

The String containing the name of an event which is declared or inherited by the current Type.

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection.EventInfo
The EventInfo object representing the specified public event which is declared or inherited by the current Type, if found; otherwise, Nothing.

Implements

_Type.GetEvent(String)

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

name is Nothing.

An event is considered public to reflection if it has at least one method or accessor that is public. Otherwise the event is considered private, and you must use BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.Static (in Visual Basic, combine the values using Or) to get it.

The search for name is case-sensitive. The search includes public static and public instance events.

The following table shows what members of a base class are returned by the Get methods when reflecting on a type.

Member Type

Static

Non-Static

Constructor

No

No

Field

No

Yes. A field is always hide-by-name-and-signature.

Event

Not applicable

The common type system rule is that the inheritance is the same as that of the methods that implement the property. Reflection treats properties as hide-by-name-and-signature. See note 2 below.

Method

No

Yes. A method (both virtual and non-virtual) can be hide-by-name or hide-by-name-and-signature.

Nested Type

No

No

Property

Not applicable

The common type system rule is that the inheritance is the same as that of the methods that implement the property. Reflection treats properties as hide-by-name-and-signature. See note 2 below.

  1. Hide-by-name-and-signature considers all of the parts of the signature, including custom modifiers, return types, parameter types, sentinels, and unmanaged calling conventions. This is a binary comparison.

  2. For reflection, properties and events are hide-by-name-and-signature. If you have a property with both a get and a set accessor in the base class, but the derived class has only a get accessor, the derived class property hides the base class property, and you will not be able to access the setter on the base class.

  3. Custom attributes are not part of the common type system.

If the current Type represents a constructed generic type, this method returns the EventInfo with the type parameters replaced by the appropriate type arguments.

If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this method searches the events of the class constraint.

The following example creates an EventInfo object and gets the event for a button class for the specified event.

Imports System
Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.Security
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

' Compile this sample using the following command line: 
' vbc type_getevent.vb /r:"System.Windows.Forms.dll" /r:"System.dll" 

Class MyEventExample
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Try 
            Dim myType As Type = GetType(System.Windows.Forms.Button)
            Dim myEvent As EventInfo = myType.GetEvent("Click")
            If Not (myEvent Is Nothing) Then
                Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "Looking for the Click event in the Button class.")
                Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + myEvent.ToString())
            Else
                Console.WriteLine("The Click event is not available with the Button class.")
            End If 
        Catch e As SecurityException
            Console.WriteLine("An exception occurred.")
            Console.WriteLine("Message :" + e.Message)
        Catch e As ArgumentNullException
            Console.WriteLine("An exception occurred.")
            Console.WriteLine("Message :" + e.Message)
        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("The following exception was raised : {0}", e.Message)
        End Try 
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'MyEventExample

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Date

History

Reason

September 2009

Removed an erroneous statement that Nothing is returned for non-public members outside the assembly, if caller lacks ReflectionPermission.

Content bug fix.

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