Vaishali Tanwar

Dynamic Expression Evaluation using LINQ and Lambda Expressions

There are times when we need to evaluate an expression at run time. We can either write a custom parser or use .NET Compilers which will compile the code at runtime. But these compilers might take a significant amount of time to compile the code. A parser can parse the dynamic expression and further generate the result of the expression.

Consider we have a Dictionary and a DataTable. I have an expression that requires a KeyPairValue to be evaluated against a DataRow object. System.Linq.Dynamic and System.Linq.Expressions are the assemblies you all need.

Code Snippet
  1. Dictionary<string, string> dictionary = new Dictionary<string, string>();
  2. dictionary.Add(“Name”, “MyName”);
  3. DataTable dataTable = new DataTable(“Employee”);
  4. dataTable.Columns.Add(“Id”, typeof(Int64));
  5. dataTable.Columns.Add(“Name”, typeof(string));
  6. dataTable.Columns.Add(“Designation”, typeof(string));
  7. DataRow dr = dataTable.NewRow();
  8. dr[“Id”] = 1111;
  9. dr[“Name”] = “MyName”;
  10. dr[“Designation”] = “Accountant”;
  11. dataTable.Rows.Add(dr);
  12. DataRow dr2 = dataTable.NewRow();
  13. dr2[“Id”] = 1112;
  14. dr2[“Name”] = “YourName”;
  15. dr2[“Designation”] = “Receptionist”;
  16. dataTable.Rows.Add(dr2);
  17. var results = (from table in dataTable.AsEnumerable()
  18.                join dt in dataTable.AsEnumerable() on table.Field<Int64>(“Id”) equals 1111
  19.                select new { table = table, dictionary = dictionary }).AsQueryable();
  20. var ListSourceObjects = results.ToList();
  21. Dictionary<string, object> symbols = new Dictionary<string, object>();
  22. symbols.Add(“employeeTable”, ListSourceObjects[0].table);
  23. symbols.Add(“employeeList”, ListSourceObjects[0].dictionary);
  24. string strExpression = @”employeeTable[“”Name””].ToString() == employeeList[“”Name””]”;
  25. var body = System.Linq.Dynamic.DynamicExpression.Parse(typeof(bool), strExpression, symbols);
  26. LambdaExpression e = Expression.Lambda(body);
  27. var result = e.Compile().DynamicInvoke();


You can provide any entity, DataSet, DataTable for the result set and just query over the objects. You can use this result set to fetch the values.