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Is it possible to convert an Object Type into another?

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I'm trying to do this:

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  1. Dim MyForm As New Object
  3.    or
  5. Dim MyForm As System.Windows.Forms.Form
  7. Select Case Form.Activeform.Name
  8.   Case My.Forms.Form1.Name
  9.      MyForm = My.Forms.Form1
  10.   Case My Forms.Form2.Name
  11.      MyForm = My.Forms.Form2
  12. End Select
The problem comes because MyForm is still an Object or Form type.
So I need to convert MyForm Type whether into Form1 or Form2, in order to be access to properties and methods of one of those class.

I tried with Ctype, DirectCast, TryCast, Convert.ChangeType... etc., and MyForm always keep its Object or Form Type.

Doing a unboxing neither works to me. For instance:

CType(MyForm, Form2).property.xxxx.focus()

That works but not to what I really need. I want to convert MyForm or whatever it was into a Form1 or Fomr2 Class.

Apr 30 '15 #1
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Seth Schrock
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I'm not sure what you are looking for, but I think that you are wanting to be able to reference a form based on its string name and have access to all its controls, properties and methods. If this is the case, then you would need to paste this function into your class:
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  1. 'from
  2. Function GetFormByName(ByVal FormName As String) As Form
  3.     'first try: in case the full namespace has been provided (as it should ;-) )
  4.     Dim T As Type = Type.GetType(FormName, False)
  5.     'if not found prepend default namespace
  6.     If T Is Nothing Then
  7.         Dim Fullname As String = Application.ProductName & "." & FormName
  8.         T = Type.GetType(Fullname, True, True)
  9.     End If
  10.     Return CType(Activator.CreateInstance(T), Form)
  11. End Function
You would then use your Form.Activeform.Name as the argument when calling this function.
May 5 '15 #2

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