Inheriting a class to call a function unknown until runtime.

Hi,

I am loading in usercontrols dynamically at runtime. Each UserControl inherits from baseUC. The baseUC has I made called InitializeMe()...
public Overridable Sub InitializeMe()
End Sub
...and each UserControl that inherits baseUC has...
public sub Overrides InitializeMe()
end sub
...and I want to make a call to InitializeMe in the UserControl not baseUC...
CType(uc, baseUC).InitializeMe()
...however it just calls the baseUC.InitializeMe().

I put the baseUC.InitializeMe sub in there so VWD likes it at design time. I have tried using...
Public MustOverride Sub InitializeMe but it says I must have MustInherit on baseUC but I don't want to do that as there are other functions that are used in baseUC.

I am not sure how to tackle this code and your help is greatly appreciated.
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jagrut_patelConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Sorry I am not understanding why your code isn't calling UserControl's InitializeMe(). Let me put one simple OOP example to better understand your issue.

public class baseUC
{
    public virtual void InitializeMe()
    {
        Console.WriteLine("baseUC initialized");
    }
}

public class MyUserControl : baseUC
{
    public override void InitializeMe()
    {
        Console.WriteLine("MyUserControl initialized");
    }
}

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Now if we do,

baseUC UCLoadedAtRuntime = new MyUserControl(); //UserControl loaded at run-time
UCLoadedAtRuntime.InitializeMe();

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The last line "UCLoadedAtRuntime.InitializeMe();" will always call InitializeMe() version of MyUserControl class.

Can you please help me understand how this is different from your problem?
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Luis PérezSoftware Architect in .NetCommented:
Try calling InitializeMe without casting:

CallByName(uc, "InitializeMe", CallType.Method)

Hope that helps.
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Easwaran ParamasivamCommented:
Replace CType(uc, baseUC).InitializeMe() with  baseUC.InitializeMe()
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jagrut_patelCommented:
Since uc reference variable is of type UserControl which is derived from baseUC it will always call UserControl's version of InitializeMe if UserControl has overridden it.

I think only way here is
1. Define another Overridable function in baseUC with empty body.
baseUC
{
  public virtual void InitializeBaseOnly()
 {
  //No code here.
 }
}
2. In UserControl override InitializeBaseOnly to only call baseUC's InitializeMe. Like this

UserControl: baseUC
{
   public override void InitializeBaseOnly()
    {
       base.InitializeMe()
    }
}

Thus, when we call

uc.InitializeBaseOnly()

it invokes baseUC's InitializeMe().
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MonCapitanAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the replies.

By doing any of the preceeding two suggestions, I will be executing the baseUC.InitializeMe rather than the usercontrol that is loaded in at runtime, i.e. UCLoadedAtRuntime.InitializeMe().

I wanted to use class hierarchy and oop to run UCLoadedAtRuntime.InitializeMe() but I am not doing it right and need help with that (not that I am completely dismissing RolandDeschain suggestion)

How can I do this in an oop way?
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MonCapitanAuthor Commented:
Yes this is the same code I have and it is showing the result from the baseUC.InitializeMe() class.

 
Public Class baseUC
    Inherits UserControl

    Public Overridable Sub InitializeMyControl()
	Console.WriteLine("baseUC initialized");
    End Sub
End Class

Public Partial Class MyUserControl
    Inherits baseUC

    Public Overrides Sub InitializeMyControl()
        ' Do control specific initialization.
	Console.WriteLine("MyUserControl initialized");
    End Sub
End Class

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...then I do this...

 
Public Class baseUC
    Inherits UserControl

    Public Overridable Sub InitializeMyControl()
	Console.WriteLine("baseUC initialized");
    End Sub
End Class

Public Partial Class MyUserControl
    Inherits baseUC

    Public Overrides Sub InitializeMyControl()
        ' Do control specific initialization.
	Console.WriteLine("MyUserControl initialized");
    End Sub
End Class

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...and the result is this...

"baseUC initialized"
Dim MyRunTimeUC As baseUC = MyPage.LoadControl("~/PathToUserControl.ascx")
MyRunTimeUC.InitializeMyControl()

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MonCapitanAuthor Commented:
Sorry I showed two lots of one code. Forget the second code block
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MonCapitanAuthor Commented:
Ok. As it turns out, I was doing something wrong and would have never of realized if it wasn't for jagrut_patel.

Thanks for your time with this.
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)PresidentCommented:
You are loading the base control instead of the inherited control

Dim MyRunTimeUC As baseUC = MyPage.LoadControl("~/PathToUserControl.ascx")

Do this instead

Dim MyRunTimeUC As MyUserControl = MyPage.LoadControl("~/PathToUserControl.ascx")
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jagrut_patelCommented:
Happy to know it helped. My pleasure!
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