Using 'new' to replace GetType() when using generics

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    Using 'new' to replace GetType() when using generics

    Greeting.

    I'm doing a project with a heavy amount of generics, and I was wondering what your opinions were on replacing GetType() on generic classes, like in the following example;

    Code:
    class MyClass<T>
    {
        public void SomeFunc(...)
        {
            ...
        }
    
        public new System.Type GetType()
        {
            return typeof(T);
        }
    }
    Is this a good way to do it or should I use some other name instead?
    Like e.g. GetGenericType() to enable getting the type of MyClass too, since the new GetType() replaces it with the type of T..?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I'm surprised overriding GetType() is even allowed.

    Either way, I consider it a terrible idea. You're changing the semantics of a very important function.
    All the buzzt!
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    I agree with CornedBee. Sounds like a really bad idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pianorain
    I agree with CornedBee. Sounds like a really bad idea.
    That's what I thought too. Just wanted to hear other people's opinions.

    Thanks guys!

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