Working with Dynamic Objects (Visual Basic)

Dynamic objects provide another way, other than the Object type, to late bind to an object at run time. A dynamic object exposes members such as properties and methods at run time by using dynamic interfaces that are defined in the System.Dynamic namespace. You can use the classes in the System.Dynamic namespace to create objects that work with data structures that do not match a static type or format. You can also use the dynamic objects that are defined in dynamic languages such as IronPython and IronRuby. For examples that show how to create dynamic objects or use a dynamic object defined in a dynamic language, see Walkthrough: Creating and Using Dynamic Objects, DynamicObject, or ExpandoObject.

Visual Basic binds to objects from the dynamic language runtime and dynamic languages such as IronPython and IronRuby by using the IDynamicMetaObjectProvider interface. Examples of classes that implement the IDynamicMetaObjectProvider interface are the DynamicObject and ExpandoObject classes.

If a late-bound call is made to an object that implements the IDynamicMetaObjectProvider interface, Visual Basic binds to the dynamic object by using that interface. If a late-bound call is made to an object that does not implement the IDynamicMetaObjectProvider interface, or if the call to the IDynamicMetaObjectProvider interface fails, Visual Basic binds to the object by using the late-binding capabilities of the Visual Basic runtime.

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