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MemberDescriptor Class

Represents a class member, such as a property or event. This is an abstract base class.

Namespace: System.ComponentModel
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

public abstract class MemberDescriptor
/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
public abstract class MemberDescriptor
public abstract class MemberDescriptor
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MemberDescriptor is the base class for the EventDescriptor and the PropertyDescriptor classes. The EventDescriptor class provides a description of an event, and the PropertyDescriptor class provides a description of a property.

This class defines properties and methods to access its stored attributes. The Attributes property gets the collection of attributes. The Category, IsBrowsable, Description, and DesignTimeOnly properties retrieve the values of those specific attributes. The Name and DisplayName properties provide the name of the member.

The MemberDescriptor also defines an Equals method to compare this MemberDescriptor to another.


Typically, you inherit from the EventDescriptor and PropertyDescriptor classes, and not from this class.

Since most of the usage of this class will fall on the inherited classes EventDescriptor and PropertyDescriptor, refer to the examples in these classes.

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

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0