How do I … use Reflection to build a project that will inspect/analyse other assemblies

For instance:

  • My preference is that TableAdapters are not in the component tray of forms, but ideally in a DAL, or if not that good then in a using part of the forms code. I have always struggled to find these. I want a Reflection utility that will find these

Key reflection code snippets to do this are:

How do I … use reflection to load an Assembly at runtime

Dim asm = System.Reflection.Assembly.LoadFrom(AssemblyFileName)


Dim asm = System.Reflection.Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly

How do I … loop around forms of a Loaded assembly

ForEach t1 In asm.GetTypes.Where(Function(f) f.IsPublic).Where(Function(f) f.BaseType.Name = “Form”)



How do I … loop around forms and GetFields

For Each f1 In asm.GetTypes.Where(Function(f) f.IsPublic).Where(Function(f) f.BaseType.Name = “Form”)

For Each prop In f1.GetFields(Reflection.BindingFlags.Instance Or Reflection.BindingFlags.NonPublic).Where(Function(f) f.Name.ToLower.Contains(FieldName))

Me.ListBox1.Items.Add(String.Concat(f1.Name, “: “, prop.Name, “: “, prop.FieldType.Name))




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