Type Reflection, Late Binding, and Attribute-Based Programming

  • Andrew Troelsen


As shown in the previous chapter, assemblies are the basic unit of deployment in the .NET universe. Using the integrated object browsers of Visual Studio 2010 (and numerous other IDEs), you are able to examine the types within a project’s referenced set of assemblies. Furthermore, external tools such as ildasm.exe and reflector.exe allow you to peek into the underlying CIL code, type metadata, and assembly manifest for a given .NET binary. In addition to this design-time investigation of .NET assemblies, you are also able to programmatically obtain this same information using the System.Reflection namespace. To this end, the first task of this chapter is to define the role of reflection and the necessity of .NET metadata.


Custom Attribute Visual Studio Static Void Metadata Description Public Class 
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