How do you retrieving the XmlEnumAttribute values for an Enum

When you are playing with Web Services you quite often find information held in an Attribute, but how do you get it out?


public enum Classification {

        [System.Xml.Serialization.XmlEnumAttribute(“Test drive demonstrator”)]

        [System.Xml.Serialization.XmlEnumAttribute(“Showroom vehicle”)]


By using reflection you can gain access to the attribute, here is how:

Type enumType = typeof(velocityUom);

foreach (FieldInfo fi in enumType.GetFields())


object[] attrs = fi.GetCustomAttributes(typeof(XmlEnumAttribute), false);

if (attrs.Length > 0)






Copy one object to another Object

I was in need to copying one concreate object to another concreate object, but I needed the flexability that when a new property is added the method would not need to be changed, also I needed the ability for the method to take in any types.

So the first take was to generate a method that uses reflections to go over the obecjts properts and set the returning object properties.  That was quite simple, then to make the method more flexable I used generics to help with my method, to allow for any types to be used.

One thing to note is that you require the try catch, in case the GetValue or SetValue fails, such as if the object is null.

This is what I ended up with.

Here is the VB.NET method

Here is the C#