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How to get type and/or member descriptions through reflection

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Type information as well as member and parameter information can  all be accessed by reflection. The reflector program  displays all the above info as well as a textual description of a type as well as its members and also parameter descriptions. My question is how are the textual descriptions retrieved?
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by:drypz
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Are you looking for FieldInfo in System.Reflection?


    Type yourObject = typeof(yourObject);
 
    foreach (FieldInfo fi in yourObject.GetFields())
    {
        //access fi properties/methods here
    }

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by:bluelight1324
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Thanks for your response. I am actually looking ffor a way to get the descriptions of the types  and parameters from an assembly. If  you look at the 'string' type in reflector the description says 'Represents text as a series of Unicode characters'. The Compare member of string type has a description which says 'Compares two specified String objects.'  Reflector is retrieving these descriptions from somewhere. My question is  from where?
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Hello,
         I  was thinking that this information would be stored in the metadata of an assembly. I t is actually stored in the generated help documents the xml files.
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