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Using an object created with Assembly.CreateInstance()

Posted on 2007-10-04
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Last Modified: 2013-12-17
I am writing a C# application in which I need to load an assembly from a file and then create an instance of a specific type from that assembly. I'm using the following code to do this:

System.Reflection.Assembly a = System.Reflection.Assembly.LoadFile(path);
object myObject = a.CreateInstance("MyType");

The problem is that I then want to interact wth myObject as an instance of MyType:

MyType myInstance = myObject as MyType;

After this line of code myInstance is null. The VS debugger Autos pane shows the value of myObject as {MyType} and shows its Type as object {MyType}. Nonetheless, I cannot successfully cast myObject as MyType. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a way around this? Thanks.
Question by:Paracom_Inc
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Expert Comment

ID: 20018279
This version of CreateInstance works for me:
CreateInstance (
      string typeName,
      bool ignoreCase,
      BindingFlags bindingAttr,
      Binder binder,
      Object[] args,
      CultureInfo culture,
      Object[] activationAttributes

typeName needs to be fully qualified; i.e. YourNameSpace.YourClass
ignoreCase - I send false
bindingAttr = BindingFlags.CreateInstance
binder = null
args = an array of objects for the constructor - can be empty or null for the default constructor
culture = null - uses currentCulture
activationAttributes = null


Author Comment

ID: 20021677
I've tried that overload as well. The code is listed below. Line 6 fails because myInstance is null. Any ideas?

1         string path = @"C:\TestLibrary\bin\Debug\TestLibrary.dll";
2        System.Reflection.Assembly a = System.Reflection.Assembly.LoadFile(path);
3         string typeName = "TestLibrary.TestClass";
4         object myObject = a.CreateInstance(typeName);
5         TestLibrary.TestClass myInstance = myObject as TestLibrary.TestClass;
6         string s = myInstance.Hello();
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Expert Comment

ID: 20022795
Set a breakpoint on line 5 and see what you have in myObject.


Accepted Solution

jdbviper earned 2000 total points
ID: 20023365
I've only gotten this to work by using an interface to the class you want to create an instance of. Unfortunately, you have to put that interface into a separate assembly, and reference that assembly in your other 2 projects.

See the following question, maybe it will shed some light on your issue:

I hope this helps...


Author Comment

ID: 20034781
Yes, the interface route is the way that I have done it as well. Thanks for the confirmation.

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