I'm trying to create a custom field type inherited from the publishing RichImageField type. I did the following, 1- Created the XML declaration of the column as follows

        <Field Name="TypeName">PublishingImageWithValidation</Field>
        <Field Name="ParentType">Image</Field>
        <Field Name="TypeDisplayName">Publishing Image With Validation</Field>
        <Field Name="TypeShortDescription">Publishing image with validation on width, height, and size</Field>
        <Field Name="UserCreatable">TRUE</Field>
        <Field Name="FieldTypeClass">

2- Created the following class

namespace CustomColumnsAndControls.CustomColumns
    class PublishingImageWithValidation : RichImageField
        public PublishingImageWithValidation() : base(){}

After deploying the above, I'm able to see my new field type in the field types list as shown below

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But when I try to create a new site column based on it, I get an exception, and here is the exception details from the SharePoint logs

System.MissingMethodException: Constructor on type 'CustomColumnsAndControls.CustomColumns.PublishingImageWithValidation' not found. at System.RuntimeType.CreateInstanceImpl(BindingFlags bindingAttr, Binder binder, Object[] args, CultureInfo culture, Object[] activationAttributes) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFieldCollection.CreateNewFieldInternal(String typeName, String displayName) at Microsoft.SharePoint.ApplicationPages.FieldNewPage.Save() at Microsoft.SharePoint.ApplicationPages.FieldNewPage.BtnOk_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) at System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button.OnClick(EventArgs e) at System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button.RaisePostBackEvent(String eventArgument) at System.Web.UI.Page.RaisePostBackEvent(IPostBackEventHandler sourceControl, String eventArgu... bd96166d-7e70-40bb-8d0a-64cbc2071ee8

It says "constructor not found"!. The default constructor is there in my class and it's referring the base. I didn't find any other constructors in the parent type to refer to.

What could be the problem?

  • ... Seems you where right Mohammed. My test was wrong, I had reflected over the wrong constructor... so the sample I had posted was wrong. I have removed it to avoid noise. Anyway, I will have a look at that blog and see if i can understand something more. Again, sorry for the error... wrong activator method opened in reflector
    – SPArcheon
    Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 16:33


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