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Expression Tree API - Invoking method

Jan 23, 2011 at 5:59 PM


I have developed an expression evaluating grammar, which is inspired by the c# original expression grammar.
I have own parser to produce AST, then I walk that AST and transform to System.Linq.Expressions.Expression object which represent my AST. Expression are evaluated against instance of simple object.

For example, the AST for item.Hello() expression looks like:

item Hello

The problem is, when I want to create MEMBER_ACCESS subtree using Expression.MakeMemberAccess,
MakeMemberAcces method accepts only property or field member, not methods. Also invoking using
Expression.Invoke requires lambda expression or delegate expression. Thus I cannot invoke any method,
because it is recognized by my grammar as MEMBER_ACCESS(exactly same as in original C# grammar).

One soluition I can imagine is to convert MEMBER_ACCESS subtree to a delegate, but don't know how due to
Expression.MakeMemberAccess issue.
The goal is to evaluate expressions like item.Property.Method().AnotherMethod() etc.

Jan 23, 2011 at 7:15 PM

The expression you should use is an Expression.Call, not Expression.MakeMemberAccess + Expression.Invoke.