CType cast with a variable

I have a hashtable that I pass into a session. I use a function to get the value back out of the hashtable in the session.

I have to cast everything to a string when i pass it to the hashtable but when I get the value back out of the hashtable from the session i know what datatype i want to pass it back as.

So i pass into the function the Key and the returned DataType. The problem i am having is the CType will not allow for my variable that tells it what type to return. It keeps telling me that it is not a type.

I even tried passing in a type from a function.

    Public Shared Function ConfigSetting( _
                                       ByVal columnName As String, _
                                      ByVal returnDataType As String) As Object

              Dim ht As New Hashtable
              ht = HttpContext.Current.Session("ConfigSettings")
              Dim myValue = ht(columnName)
              Dim convertType As System.Type =  GetTypeByName(returnDataType.Trim)

              Return CType(columnValue, convertType)

        End If
    End Function

    Public Shared Function GetTypeByName(ByVal TypeName As String) As Type
        Dim AssemblyName As String = "System.Type"

        Dim oAssembly As [Assembly]
        oAssembly = [Assembly].Load(AssemblyName)
        Return oAssembly.GetType(TypeName, True, True)

    End Function


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>I have to cast everything to a string when i pass it to the hashtable

That's not a requirement for a hashtable.  The value added to a Hashtable is type object, so it can be anything.  If you store it as it's original datatype then there is no conversion problem when retrieving it.

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LantraxAuthor Commented:
i knew that but i was having problems with it when i set the session to the hashtable.  I use hashtables all over the place and never have to cast it to a string but when i tried to pass the hashtable to the session it kept erroring out.

I'll look into it more.

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