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Using Reflection to get Member Values

Barbless asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-17
I have multiple functions that each take it in a different struct to place all the struct's member values into a contigous string buffer, and returns that string. I'm thinking of replacing them with a generic function that uses Reflection. The function will look like this:

private string PrepareData(object obj)
     string RetString = string.Empty;

     Type objType = obj.GetType();

     System.Reflection.MemberInfo[] memberList = objtype.GetMembers();
     foreach (System.Reflection.MemberInfo mi in memberList)
           // get the member name mi.Name
           // now what? how do I get the obj's values?
           RetString += obj.???.ToString();
     return RetString;

Is this doable at all?  Or the answer lies in Reflection.PropertyInfo?

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I tried but "pi" is empty at runtime. I don't know why that is. Could it be the object passed in is a Struct (ValueType?), or because there are no accompanying get() and set() methods associated with each data member in my struct definition?

Anyway, I tried using FieldInfo instead, it works beautifully until it gets to an array of subStructs because the whole array appears to be just a field. And additional code is needed to drill down onto each field of the struct array. It looks very messy.  Has anyone done something like this?

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