LINQ to Entities does not recognize the method 'System.Object GetValue(...)'

c# entity-framework-6 linq


My issue is I need to query on the value of a property in a generic class. The property is tagged with an attribute.

See the following code:

 var rowKeyProperty = EFUtil.GetClassPropertyForRowKey<T>();
 var tenantKeyProperty = EFUtil.GetClassPropertyForTenantKey<T>();

 var queryResult =
                objContext.CreateObjectSet<T>().Single(l => (((int) tenantKeyProperty.GetValue(l, null)) == tenantKey) &&
                                                            (((int)rowKeyProperty.GetValue(l, null)) == KeyValue));

The rowKeyProperty and tenantKeyProperty are of type System.Reflection.PropertyInfo.

I understand why I am getting the error. When the linq query is translated to SQL, it can't understand the property.GetValue.

However, I'm completely stumped as to a work around here. Does anyone have any ideas how to achieve this? Thx.

9/19/2014 12:59:04 PM

Accepted Answer

You need to actually build up the Expression objects to represent the expression that you want this to mimic, in this case the expression you want to represent is:

l => l.SomeProperty == SomeValue

So you need to build up each component of that bit by bit, from creating the parameter, defining the equality operator, the property access, the constant value, etc.

public static Expression<Func<TItem, bool>> PropertyEquals<TItem, TValue>(
    PropertyInfo property, TValue value)
    var param = Expression.Parameter(typeof(TItem));
    var body = Expression.Equal(Expression.Property(param, property),
    return Expression.Lambda<Func<TItem, bool>>(body, param);

Once you have all of that you can call it using the data that you have:

var queryResult = objContext.CreateObjectSet<T>()
    .Where(PropertyEquals<T, int>(tenantKeyProperty, tenantKey))
    .Where(PropertyEquals<T, int>(rowKeyProperty, KeyValue))
3/3/2014 9:23:47 PM

Popular Answer

Appendix here... Following @Servy answer and based on this topic with a nice answer by @TomBrothers, you can use the same logic to make a StartsWith (or similar) function:

public static Expression<Func<TItem, bool>> PropertyStartsWith<TItem>(PropertyInfo propertyInfo, string value)
    var param = Expression.Parameter(typeof(TItem));

    var m = Expression.MakeMemberAccess(param, propertyInfo);
    var c = Expression.Constant(value, typeof(string));
    var mi = typeof(string).GetMethod("StartsWith", new Type[] { typeof(string) });
    var body = Expression.Call(m, mi, c);

    return Expression.Lambda<Func<TItem, bool>>(body, param);

In this case, it forces value to be a string.

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