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RuntimeHelpers.GetObjectValue Method

Boxes a value type.

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

public static Object GetObjectValue(
	Object obj
)

Parameters

obj
Type: System.Object
The value type to be boxed.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
A boxed copy of obj if it is a value class; otherwise, obj itself.

Boxing a value type creates an object and performs a shallow copy of the fields of the specified value type into the new object.

This method allows a value class to be manipulated as an object while it retains the aliasing behavior of a value class.

The return value depends on whether the value class is mutable or immutable:

  • If the value being assigned is a mutable value class, the method returns a shallow copy of the class, because value classes have copy semantics.

  • If the value being assigned is an immutable value class, the method returns the object itself, instead of a copy of the class.

Compilers of dynamically typed languages can use this method to make sure that boxed value types work identically to unboxed value types. That is, boxed value types get cloned when you pass them around, and they are always passed by value. The compiler can call GetObjectValue to assign a value type to an object or to pass a value type as a parameter of a type object.

This method is used by compilers.

The following example demonstrates how to box a value class by using the GetObjectValue method.


using System;
using System.Runtime.CompilerServices;

// Declare a value type.
struct Point2I
{
    public int x;
    public int y;
}

class Program
{

    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        // Allocate an unboxed Point2I (not on the heap).
        Point2I pnt;
        pnt.x = 0;
        pnt.y = 0;

        // Box the value.  (Put it in the heap.)
        object objPntr = RuntimeHelpers.GetObjectValue(pnt);

    }
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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