HideModuleNameAttribute Class

The HideModuleNameAttribute attribute, when applied to a module, allows the module members to be accessed using only the qualification needed for the module.

Namespace:   Microsoft.VisualBasic
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

Inheritance Hierarchy

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class, AllowMultiple = false, 
	Inherited = false)]
public sealed class HideModuleNameAttribute : Attribute
[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets::Class, AllowMultiple = false, 
	Inherited = false)]
public ref class HideModuleNameAttribute sealed : Attribute
[<AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class, AllowMultiple = false,
    Inherited = false)>]
type HideModuleNameAttribute = 
        inherit Attribute
<AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class, AllowMultiple := False,
	Inherited := False)>
Public NotInheritable Class HideModuleNameAttribute
	Inherits Attribute
System_CAPS_pubmethod HideModuleNameAttribute

Initializes a new instance of the HideModuleNameAttribute attribute.


When implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod Equals

This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod GetHashCode

Returns the hash code for this instance.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod GetType

Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod IsDefaultAttribute

When overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod Match

When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod ToString

Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

Explicit Interface Implementations
System_CAPS_pubinterface System_CAPS_privmethod _AttributeGetIDsOfNames

Maps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterface System_CAPS_privmethod _AttributeGetTypeInfo

Retrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterface System_CAPS_privmethod _AttributeGetTypeInfoCount

Retrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1).(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterface System_CAPS_privmethod _AttributeInvoke

Provides access to properties and methods exposed by an object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


This attribute is useful for exposing module members without showing the module itself. When using IntelliSense in the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Visual Basic, the module does not show in the statement completion list. Instead, IntelliSense shows the module members.

Even when the module name is hidden, the module members are still accessible through the module.

If a member name conflicts with another identifier or with a member of another module with the HideModuleNameAttribute attribute, then the member does not show in IntelliSense at the level of the module.


This example shows how to use the HideModuleNameAttribute attribute to add a Database object to My, which can be accessed through My.Database.

Namespace My
    <HideModuleName()> Module CustomMyDatabase
        Public ReadOnly Property Database() As MyDatabase
                Return databaseValue
            End Get
        End Property
        Private ReadOnly databaseValue As MyDatabase = New MyDatabase
    End Module
End Namespace

Class MyDatabase
    ' The members of the My.Database object go here.
End Class

The Namespace statement must appear outside of any classes or modules.

Version Information
Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
Thread Safety

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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