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Dynamically getting objects from an assembly in C#

To avoid those repetitive codes that 'registers' types of a class or interface you can use a bit of reflection and dynamically find and instantiate those.

First, list all the types (GetTypes) from the current assembly (GetExecutingAssembly):

var types = Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().GetTypes();
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Then filter by whatever type you want with IsAssignableFrom:

var filteredTypes = types.Where(t => typeof(MyType).IsAssignableFrom(t));
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And lastly instantiate those with the good old Activator.CreateInstance:

var instances = filteredTypes.Select(t => (MyType)Activator.CreateInstance(t));
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Below goes a working example of such approach. Note that there are many potential edge cases in play here, patch the code accordingly to your needs.

using System;
using System.Linq;
using System.Reflection;

// No "class Program" or "static void Main"
// C# 9 top-level statements!

// Watch out for some potential pitfalls of using Activator.CreateInstance such as:
// - runtime error when class doesn't have a parameterless constructor
// - can be a costly method call
static T Instantiate<T>(Type t) => (T)Activator.CreateInstance(t);

static bool IsGreeter(Type t) => typeof(IGreeter).IsAssignableFrom(t) && t.IsClass;

// Use AppDomain.CurrentDomain.GetAssemblies() for other assemblies than the current one
var types = Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().GetTypes().Where(IsGreeter);
var instances = types.Select(Instantiate<IGreeter>);

// Prints:
// "Hello, I'm Anna."
// "Hi, Joe here."
// "Woof!"
foreach (var i in instances)

public interface IGreeter
    void Greeting();

public class Anna : IGreeter
    public void Greeting() => Console.WriteLine("Hello, I'm Anna.");

public class Joe : IGreeter
    public void Greeting() => Console.WriteLine("Hi, Joe here.");

public class Dog : IGreeter
    public void Greeting() => Console.WriteLine("Woof!");
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