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How to get property name using Expression

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How to get property name using Expression
Expression Trees
Expression trees represent code in a tree-like data structure where each node is an expression, for example, a method call or a binary operation such as x < y.

Using the above feature, we can retrieve the property name of class:

class County
  int CountryCode;
  string CountryName;

To retreive the name of property: "CountryName" of class, we build the following expression:

Country c = new Country();
Expression<Func<string>> exp =() => c.ContryName;
string propName = exp.Body.ToString().Substring(exp.Body.ToString().LastIndexOf('.') + 1);

Use of the GetProperty in this case is redundant, because we need to know the property name to call the method.

Please let me know if it is useful.


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GeneralRe: In which case, congrats (and thanks)! Keep it up. Especially... Pin
Jonathon Bolster16-Dec-11 9:40
Jonathon Bolster16-Dec-11 9:40 
GeneralHow can you get the property name? Both CountryCode and Coun... Pin
Tiefeng You19-Dec-11 10:54
Tiefeng You19-Dec-11 10:54 
GeneralRe: Take a look at this blog post on static reflection: http://b... Pin
Fréderic Cordier24-Dec-11 3:15
Fréderic Cordier24-Dec-11 3:15 
GeneralSometimes you have to use a string. For example, I use NHibe... Pin
Jonathon Bolster16-Dec-11 4:14
Jonathon Bolster16-Dec-11 4:14 
GeneralRe: Thanks Jonathon for explaining the utility. This is the firs... Pin
ARanadhir16-Dec-11 6:48
ARanadhir16-Dec-11 6:48 
GeneralExcuse me, i don't understand the utility ?? Pin
Yeurl_200716-Dec-11 3:53
Yeurl_200716-Dec-11 3:53 
QuestionI'm curious as to how this is usefull? Pin
Daniel Gidman21-Dec-11 8:01
professionalDaniel Gidman21-Dec-11 8:01 

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