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Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, Fifth Edition by Andrew Troelsen

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15.2. Understanding Reflection

In the .NET universe, reflection is the process of runtime type discovery. Using reflection services, you are able to programmatically obtain the same metadata information displayed by ildasm.exe using a friendly object model. For example, through reflection, you can obtain a list of all types contained within a given *.dll or *.exe assembly (or even within a *.netmodule file, if you have a multi-file assembly), including the methods, fields, properties, and events defined by a given type. You can also dynamically discover the set of interfaces supported by a given type, the parameters of a method, and other related details (base classes, namespace information, manifest data, and so forth).

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