ValueType.ToString Method ()


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Returns the fully qualified type name of this instance.

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

Public Overrides Function ToString As String

Return Value

Type: System.String

The fully qualified type name.

The ValueType.ToString method overrides the Object.ToString method and provides the default implementation of the ToString method for value types. (Value types are types defined by the struct keyword in C#, and by the Structure...End Structure construct in Visual Basic.) Functionally, however, the implementation is that same as that of Object.ToString: the method returns the fully qualified type name.

Value types defined by the struct keyword in C# and the Structure...End Structure construct in Visual Basic typically override the ValueType.ToString method to provide a more meaningful string representation of the value type. The following example illustrates the difference. It defines two value types, EmployeeA and EmployeeB, creates an instance of each, and calls its ToString method. Because the EmployeeA structure does not override the ValueType.ToString method, it displays only the fully qualified type name. The EmployeeB.ToString method, on the other hand, provides meaningful information about the object.

Imports Corporate.EmployeeObjects

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim empA As New EmployeeA With { .Name = "Robert" }

      Dim empB = new EmployeeB With { .Name = "Robert" }
   End Sub
End Module

Namespace Corporate.EmployeeObjects
    Public Structure EmployeeA
         Public Property Name As String 
    End Structure

    Public Structure EmployeeB
         Public Property Name As String 

         Public Overrides Function ToString() As String 
              Return Name
         End Function
    End Structure  
End Namespace
' The example displays the following output:
'     Corporate.EmployeeObjects.EmployeeA
'     Robert

Note that, although enumeration types are also value types, they derive from the Enum class, which overrides ValueType.ToString.

When you call the ToString method on a Windows Runtime structure, it provides the default behavior for value types that don’t override ToString. This is part of the support that the .NET Framework provides for the Windows Runtime (see .NET Framework Support for Windows Store Apps and Windows Runtime). Windows Runtime structures can’t override ToString, even if they’re written with C# or Visual Basic, because they can’t have methods. (In addition, structures in the Windows Runtime itself don’t inherit ValueType.) However, they appear to have ToString, Equals, and GetHashCode methods when you use them in your C# or Visual Basic code, and the .NET Framework provides the default behavior for these methods.

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