WeakReferenceCF 1.0, serializable

System (mscorlib.dll)class

This class encapsulates a weak reference to an object. By default, when you instantiate a .NET class, you create a strong reference, which prevents the garbage collector from removing the object and reclaiming memory. A weak reference, however, does not prevent an object from being released.

Objects that are weakly referenced can still be kept alive as long as there is at least one strong reference to them. That means a weak reference allows you to access an object as long as it is in use by another part of your application. For example, objects can be stored in a collection using a weak reference, but not kept alive just because they are in the collection.

To create a weakly referenced object, pass the name of the object to the WeakReference constructor. You can use the IsAlive property to check if the reference is valid, and the Target property to get a reference to the actual object. Assigning the Target property to another variable creates a strong reference.

You can set the TrackResurrection property to true in the constructor to maintain a long weak reference, which tracks an object during (or after) finalization.

public class WeakReference : System.Runtime.Serialization.ISerializable {
// Public Constructors
   public WeakReference(object target);
   public WeakReference(object target, bool trackResurrection);
// Protected Constructors
   protected WeakReference(System.Runtime.Serialization.SerializationInfo info,
        System.Runtime.Serialization.StreamingContext context);
// Public Instance Properties
   public virtual bool IsAlive{get; }
   public virtual object Target{set; get; }
   public virtual bool TrackResurrection{get; }
// Public Instance Methods
   public virtual void GetObjectData(System.Runtime.Serialization.SerializationInfo info,
        System.Runtime.Serialization.StreamingContext context)
// implements ISerializable
// Protected Instance Methods
   protected override void Finalize( );   
// overrides object

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GC.GetGeneration( )

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