.NET provides mechanisms to compile source code and to use the generated assemblies within an application. Using these features, you can make applications more adaptive and more flexible.
This article shows how to invoke methods from an assembly using
Necessary Using Statements
Before you start, add the following
using statements to your application to ease the use of the namespaces:
At the beginning, you have to know which method from which type and from which module you want to call. Inspecting an assembly can be done very easily with
System.Reflection too. But now we assume having all the knowledge about it because we generated it ourselves like in Run-Time Code Generation Part I.
So we just set the module's name, the type's name and the method's name:
string ModuleName = "TestAssembly.dll";
string TypeName = "TestClass";
string MethodName = "TestMethod";
Open an Assembly
Then you can open the assembly and set some Binding Flags, which are necessary for the instantiation of the chosen type:
Assembly myAssembly = Assembly.LoadFrom(ModuleName);
BindingFlags flags = (BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Public |
BindingFlags.Static | BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.DeclaredOnly);
Invoke a Method
After that, three loops are used to inspect the assembly and get the chosen module/type/method combination. Within the last loop, the type is instantiated and the method is called. The method can be called with parameters, but here we choose
null for methods with no parameters. There can also be a response from the method, which we put into a general object.
Module  myModules = myAssembly.GetModules();
foreach (Module Mo in myModules)
if (Mo.Name == ModuleName)
Type myTypes = Mo.GetTypes();
foreach (Type Ty in myTypes)
if (Ty.Name == TypeName)
MethodInfo myMethodInfo = Ty.GetMethods(flags);
foreach(MethodInfo Mi in myMethodInfo)
if (Mi.Name == MethodName)
Object obj = Activator.CreateInstance(Ty);
Object response = Mi.Invoke(obj, null);
With a few lines of code, you make your application call any method in any type from any module. In combination with code compilation, that is a powerful mechanism to enhance the adaptability of your applications.
I am currently student at the university of Karlsruhe and working on my master thesis at the IT-Management and Web Engineering Research Group within the institute of telematics.