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.NET - how to find type by name?

Posted on 2012-03-10
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Hi.

I need an ability to find type by name.
At the moment I'm using following code:

Type t = Type.GetType("System.Data.DataTable", false, true);

but it always returns null! :-(
Why?!

The application which is run this code has a reference to System.Data.dll, so I assume it must be able to find a "System.Data.DataTable".
Any ideas?
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Question by:Dmitry_Bond
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by:markmiddlemist
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The GetType method expects the assembly qualified name if the type (as here) isn't in Mscorlib.

Is this code to be used in such a way that different types are needed, or could you use typeof(System.Data.DataTable)

If not there is info here - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.type.assemblyqualifiedname.aspx - on the AQN
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If you already have a DataTable, you can call GetType directly on your object. Otherwise, you can instantiate a new object in order to retrieve the type:

System.Data.DataTable tb = new System.Data.DataTable;
Type t = tb.GetType();

Otherwise, you need to know the name and path of the assembly (name of the dll) that contains the type to be able to retrieve the type information.
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The idea is to obtain a type by a string which is a name of type.
Is required for the C# scripting - just need a some special statement in script like "#using_type System.Data.DataTable", so by this directive application should automatically add a reference to "System.Data" assembly to parameters for a script code compiler...

Finally I have solved it by following code:

public static Type FindType(string pFullTypeName)
{
    Assembly[] assemblies = AppDomain.CurrentDomain.GetAssemblies();
    foreach (Assembly asm in assemblies)
    {
        Type[] types = asm.GetTypes();
        foreach (Type t in types)
        {
            if (string.Compare(pFullTypeName, t.FullName, true) == 0)
                return t;
        }
    }
    return null;
}

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by:Dmitry_Bond
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Nobody of commenters suggested a solution. Only markmiddlemist posted a useful link explaining why GetType does not work as I need it.
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