Querying assembly attributes

Just as a mental exercise, today I decided to try to write a single method that would allow me to return information about the currently running assembly as a string.  One method needed to return the copyright info, the company info, etc.


The end result is this simple function:


public string GetAssemblyAttribute<T>(T attributeType) where T:Type
{
    object attribute = Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().GetCustomAttributes((T)attributeType, false)[0];
    return (string)attribute.GetType().GetProperties()[0].GetValue(attribute, null);
}


And calling it is this easy:


string s = “”;

s = GetAttribute(typeof(AssemblyCopyrightAttribute));
s = GetAttribute(typeof(AssemblyCompanyAttribute));
s = GetAttribute(typeof(AssemblyDescriptionAttribute));
s = GetAttribute(typeof(AssemblyProductAttribute));
s = GetAttribute(typeof(AssemblyTitleAttribute));
s = GetAttribute(typeof(AssemblyTrademarkAttribute));


Now why it has to be this ugly I’m not sure, but isn’t reflection a hoot!? 

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