#771 – Summary of System.Object Members

Every type inherits from System.Object, directly or indirectly, and therefore has access to its members.  Here’s a brief summary of all members of System.Object.

  • Object  constructor –  called when object is created, ultimately called for every object
  • Equals(object) – compares object to specified object; true for reference types if parameter references the current object  [virtual]
  • Equals(object,object) – static method to compare two objects
  • Finalize – called when the object is being destroyed  [virtual]
  • GetHashCode – is meant to provide a unique number used in hashing algorithms, but should be overridden so that value returned is unique based on object contents  [virtual]
  • GetType – returns the Type of the object
  • MemberwiseClone – Makes a copy (shallow) of the object by copying its members
  • ReferenceEquals(object,object) – static method to see if two references refer to the same object
  • ToString – returns a string that describes the object; by default, just returns the type name