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Different return types from Activator.CreateInstance

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While writing some IOC infrastructure code a few days ago I stumbled across the fact that Activator.CreateInstance() sometimes returns an ObjectHandle rather than an Object.

Perhaps I’ve led a sheltered life but until now I’ve only needed to use overloads of Activator.CreateInstance() that return an Object. This just needs casting in order to use it.

I’m not sure why this difference exists but it’s easy enough to deal with as the ObjectHandle class implements an UnWrap() method that returns the Object that the handle references.

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Written by Sea Monkey

September 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Development

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