GetType Method (String)
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Assembly.GetType Method (String)

Gets the Type object with the specified name in the assembly instance.

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

'Declaration
Public Overridable Function GetType ( _
	name As String _
) As Type

Parameters

name
Type: System.String
The full name of the type.

Return Value

Type: System.Type
A Type object that represents the specified class, or Nothing if the class is not found.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

name is invalid.

ArgumentNullException

name is Nothing.

FileNotFoundException

name requires a dependent assembly that could not be found.

FileLoadException

name requires a dependent assembly that was found but could not be loaded.

-or-

The current assembly was loaded into the reflection-only context, and name requires a dependent assembly that was not preloaded.

BadImageFormatException

name requires a dependent assembly, but the file is not a valid assembly.

-or-

name requires a dependent assembly which was compiled for a version of the runtime later than the currently loaded version.

MemberAccessException

The method is invoked late-bound through mechanisms such as Type.InvokeMember.

This method only searches the current assembly instance. The name parameter includes the namespace but not the assembly.

NoteNote:

If the type has been forwarded to another assembly, it is still returned by this method.

A type can be retrieved from a specific module using Module.GetType. Calling Module.GetType on the module containing the manifest will not initiate a search of the entire assembly.

Platform Notes

Silverlight for Windows Phone Silverlight for Windows Phone

 GetType throws a TypeLoadException exception instead of an ArgumentException exception when name is Nothing. If name is an invalid name, GetType returns Nothing.

Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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