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A simple extension to map ditionary entries using lambda expressions

Introduction 

Initializing dictionaries is a pain in the neck. I've seen many clever ways to make it painless. Here goes  yet another one.  

This it's not my idea, I saw it a couple of days ago in some API but I can't remember where. This is my very simple implementation.  

The extension   

 
public static IDictionary<string, TValue> Map<TValue>(this IDictionary<string, TValue> 
	dictionary, Expression<Func<object, TValue>> pair)
{
	var key = pair.Parameters[0].Name;
	var eval = pair.Compile().Invoke(new object[1]);

	dictionary[key] = eval;

	return dictionary;
}   

Still we'll need some guard clauses and clean up. 

Using it 

	var bag = new Dictionary<string, object>()
		.Map(Id => 1)
		.Map(Name => "Tom Bombadil")
		.Map(CreatedOn => DateTime.Today)
		.Map(CreatedBy => "root");

	Assert.That(bag["Id"], Is.EqualTo(1));
	Assert.That(bag["Name"], Is.EqualTo("Tom Bombadil"));
	Assert.That(bag["CreatedOn"], Is.EqualTo(DateTime.Today));
	Assert.That(bag["CreatedBy"], Is.EqualTo("root")); 

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

About the Author

Erich Ledesma
Software Developer SunHotels
Spain Spain
I Received a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at the Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty, University of Havana, Cuba.
 
Programming Languages I use:
C#, C++, Javascript, Delphi, Java, PHP, and others (less frequently).

Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralThat's an interesting technique PinmemberAndreas Gieriet27-Mar-12 23:40 
GeneralRe: That's an interesting technique PinmemberErich Ledesma27-Mar-12 23:51 
QuestionWhy not just use a collection initializer? Pinmembershiznit77026-Mar-12 11:50 
AnswerRe: Why not just use a collection initializer? PinmemberErich Ledesma26-Mar-12 19:58 
SuggestionA small simplification and generification Pinmemberekolis26-Mar-12 9:20 
GeneralRe: A small simplification and generification PinmemberErich Ledesma26-Mar-12 10:26 
GeneralRe: A small simplification and generification Pinmemberekolis26-Mar-12 10:30 
GeneralRe: A small simplification and generification PinmemberErich Ledesma26-Mar-12 20:20 
GeneralRe: A small simplification and generification PinmemberSentenryu26-Aug-13 8:22 

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