Accessing expression bodied members to build expression trees

c# entity-framework-6 expression-trees linq


use expression trees to attempt to construct an order by expression. However, I am unable to get access to an expression bodied property of the class of the query result. The class hierarchy is as follows:

public class AssetFileRecord : IAuditable, IEntity, INavigateToCustomValues
    public AssetFileRecord()
        this.UpdatedTimeStamp = DateTime.UtcNow;

    public AssetFileRecord GetRecord()
        return this;

    public Guid Id { get; set; }
    public int DisplayId { get; set; }
    public string AssetTagNumber { get; set; }
    public virtual Account Account { get; set; }
    public string AccountNumber => Account?.AccountNumber;
    public string AuditTrail { get; set; }
    public string OldTagNumber { get; set; }
    public ActivityCode ActivityCode { get; set; }

    public virtual ICollection<AssetFileRecordDepreciation> AssetFileRecordDepreciations { get; set; }
    // Depreciation Records
    public double? AccumulatedDepreciation => Depreciation()?.AccumulatedDepreciation;
    public DateTime? DepreciationAsOfDate => Depreciation()?.DepreciationAsOfDate;
    public double? LifeMonths => Depreciation()?.LifeMonths;
    public double? DepreciationBasis => Depreciation()?.DepreciationBasis;
    public double? PeriodDepreciation => Depreciation()?.PeriodDepreciation;

    private AssetFileRecordDepreciation Depreciation()
        return AssetFileRecordDepreciations?.AsQueryable()?.OrderBy(d => d.AssetFileDepreciationBook.BookNo)?.FirstOrDefault();

The property AccountNumber, which is a virtual property of AssetFileRecord, is not accessible to me.

The present code, which is acceptable for any other non-expression bodied properties, is shown below.

var type = typeof(T);
var property = type.GetProperty(sortProperty, BindingFlags.IgnoreCase | BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance);
var parameter = Expression.Parameter(type, "p");
var propertyAccess = Expression.MakeMemberAccess(parameter, property);
var orderByExp = Expression.Lambda(propertyAccess, parameter);
var typeArguments = new[] { type, property.PropertyType };
var methodBase = isFirstOrderTerm ? "OrderBy" : "ThenBy";
var methodName = sortOrder == ListSortDirection.Ascending ? methodBase : $"{methodBase}Descending";
var resultExp = Expression.Call(typeof(Queryable), methodName, typeArguments, source.Expression, Expression.Quote(orderByExp));

return source.Provider.CreateQuery<T>(resultExp);

Expression. Call throws an exception rather than evaluating to an acceptable SQL query.

((System.Data.Entity.Infrastructure.DbQuery<AssetFileRecord>)records).Sql = '((System.Data.Entity.Infrastructure.DbQuery<AssetFileRecord>)records).Sql' threw an exception of type 'System.NotSupportedException'

As a consequence, when trying to order by an expression bodied property member, it fails to add an order by expression to the expression tree that is ultimately constructed.

Please help me get this functioning if you can.

2/27/2019 8:39:27 PM

Accepted Answer

There are two issues with your strategy. The first is that Linq Expressions do not support the usage of a null propagating operator. Examine this code:

var account = new Account();
// will cause "error CS8072: An expression tree lambda may not contain a null propagating operator"    
Expression<Func<string>> accountNumber = () => account?.AccountNumber;

Your second and biggest issue is thatAccountNumber be assembled intoget_AccountNumber method, and Linq to SQL prohibits the use of arbitrary methods. You might examine this code:

public class AssetFileRecord
  public string AccountNumber => Account != null ? Account.AccountNumber : null;

Although this may be compiled, the identical runtime error still occurs.

The creation of a map with sophisticated property expressions may be one solution to this issue:

var map = new Dictionary<string, Expression>
        "AssetFileRecord.AccountNumber", // type and property
        (Expression<Func<AssetFileRecord, string>>) (
            afr => afr.Account != null ? afr.Account.AccountNumber : null

You may now update your approach for creating dynamicOrderBy in relation to this map:

private static IQueryable<T> DynamicOrderBy<T>(
    IQueryable<T> source,
    string sortProperty,
    Dictionary<string, Expression> map)
    var type = typeof(T);
    var parameter = Expression.Parameter(type, "p");
    var property = type.GetProperty(sortProperty, BindingFlags.IgnoreCase | BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance);

    Expression whereLambda;
    if (!map.TryGetValue($"{type.Name}.{sortProperty}", out whereLambda))
        var propertyAccess = Expression.MakeMemberAccess(parameter, property);
        whereLambda = Expression.Lambda(propertyAccess, parameter);
    // else we just using a lambda from map

    // call OrderBy
    var query = Expression.Call(
        new[] {type, property.PropertyType},

    return source.Provider.CreateQuery<T>(query);
2/11/2019 12:26:55 PM

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