MethodBase.IsFamily Property

Definition

Gets a value indicating whether the visibility of this method or constructor is described by Family; that is, the method or constructor is visible only within its class and derived classes.

public:
 property bool IsFamily { bool get(); };
public bool IsFamily { get; }
member this.IsFamily : bool
Public ReadOnly Property IsFamily As Boolean

Property Value

true if access to this method or constructor is exactly described by Family; otherwise, false.

Implements

Examples

The following code example defines methods with varying levels of visibility, and displays the values of their IsAssembly, IsFamily, IsFamilyOrAssembly, and IsFamilyAndAssembly properties.

Note

The Visual Basic and C# languages cannot define methods with MethodAttributes.FamANDAssem visibility; that access level appears only in the C++ example.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Reflection;

public ref class Example
{
public:
    void m_public() {};
internal:
    void m_internal() {};
protected:
    void m_protected() {};
protected public:
    void m_protected_public() {};
protected private:
    void m_protected_private() {};
};

void main()
{
    Console::WriteLine("\n{0,-30}{1,-18}{2}", "", "IsAssembly", "IsFamilyOrAssembly"); 
    Console::WriteLine("{0,-21}{1,-18}{2,-18}{3}\n", 
        "", "IsPublic", "IsFamily", "IsFamilyAndAssembly");

    for each (MethodBase^ m in Example::typeid->GetMethods(
        BindingFlags::Instance | BindingFlags::NonPublic | BindingFlags::Public))
    {
        if (m->Name->Substring(0, 1) == "m")
        {
            Console::WriteLine("{0,-21}{1,-9}{2,-9}{3,-9}{4,-9}{5,-9}", 
                m->Name,
                m->IsPublic,
                m->IsAssembly,
                m->IsFamily,
                m->IsFamilyOrAssembly,
                m->IsFamilyAndAssembly
            );
        }
    }
}

/* This code example produces output similar to the following:

                              IsAssembly        IsFamilyOrAssembly
                     IsPublic          IsFamily          IsFamilyAndAssembly

m_public             True     False    False    False    False
m_internal           False    True     False    False    False
m_protected          False    False    True     False    False
m_protected_public   False    False    False    True     False
m_protected_private  False    False    False    False    True
 */
using System;
using System.Reflection;

public class Example
{
    public void m_public() {}
    internal void m_internal() {}
    protected void m_protected() {}
    protected internal void m_protected_public() {}

    public static void Main()
    {
        Console.WriteLine("\n{0,-30}{1,-18}{2}", "", "IsAssembly", "IsFamilyOrAssembly"); 
        Console.WriteLine("{0,-21}{1,-18}{2,-18}{3}\n", 
            "", "IsPublic", "IsFamily", "IsFamilyAndAssembly");
   
        foreach (MethodBase m in typeof(Example).GetMethods(
            BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Public))
        {
            if (m.Name.Substring(0, 1) == "m")
            {
                Console.WriteLine("{0,-21}{1,-9}{2,-9}{3,-9}{4,-9}{5,-9}", 
                    m.Name,
                    m.IsPublic,
                    m.IsAssembly,
                    m.IsFamily,
                    m.IsFamilyOrAssembly,
                    m.IsFamilyAndAssembly
                );
            }
        }
    }
}

/* This code example produces output similar to the following:

                              IsAssembly        IsFamilyOrAssembly
                     IsPublic          IsFamily          IsFamilyAndAssembly

m_public             True     False    False    False    False
m_internal           False    True     False    False    False
m_protected          False    False    True     False    False
m_protected_public   False    False    False    True     False
 */
Imports System.Reflection

Public class Example

    Public Sub m_Public() 
    End Sub
    Friend Sub m_Friend() 
    End Sub
    Protected Sub m_Protected() 
    End Sub
    Protected Friend Sub m_Protected_Friend() 
    End Sub

    Public Shared Sub Main()
    
        Console.WriteLine(vbCrLf & _
            "{0,-30}{1,-18}{2}", "", "IsAssembly", "IsFamilyOrAssembly") 
        Console.WriteLine("{0,-21}{1,-18}{2,-18}{3}" & vbCrLf, _
            "", "IsPublic", "IsFamily", "IsFamilyAndAssembly")
   
        For Each m As MethodBase In GetType(Example).GetMethods( _
            BindingFlags.Instance Or BindingFlags.NonPublic Or BindingFlags.Public)
        
            If Left(m.Name, 1) = "m"
            
                Console.WriteLine("{0,-21}{1,-9}{2,-9}{3,-9}{4,-9}{5,-9}", _
                    m.Name, _
                    m.IsPublic, _
                    m.IsAssembly, _
                    m.IsFamily, _
                    m.IsFamilyOrAssembly, _
                    m.IsFamilyAndAssembly _
                )
            End If
        Next
    End Sub
End Class

' This code example produces output similar to the following:
'
'                              IsAssembly        IsFamilyOrAssembly
'                     IsPublic          IsFamily          IsFamilyAndAssembly
'
'm_Public             True     False    False    False    False
'm_Friend             False    True     False    False    False
'm_Protected          False    False    True     False    False
'm_Protected_Friend   False    False    False    True     False

Remarks

The visibility of a method or constructor is exactly described by MethodAttributes.Family if the only visibility modifier is protected. This property is false for methods that are protected internal in C# (Protected Friend in Visual Basic, protected public in C++); use the IsFamilyOrAssembly property to identify such methods.

Applies to

See also