How can I pass a LambdaExpression to an IncludeFilter?

entity-framework entity-framework-plus


I'm trying to pass a dynamically generated LambdaExpression to an IncludeFilter, as follows:

EDIT: I've changed my test code to the following, as (correctly) I wasn't implementing my "Where" statement. The correct where statement is being generated, but I can't pass the lambda statement into the IncludeFilter call:

        DbSet<MyTestEntity> dbSet = db.Set<MyTestEntity>();
        ParameterExpression parameter = Expression.Parameter(typeof(MyTestEntity), "t");
        Expression idProperty = Expression.Property(parameter, "mytestentityid");
        Expression delProperty = Expression.Property(parameter, "deleted");
        Expression delTarget = Expression.Constant(false, typeof(bool));
        Expression deletedMethod = Expression.Call(delProperty, "Equals", null, delTarget);
        Expression<Func<MyTestEntity, bool>> lambda = Expression.Lambda<Func<MyTestEntity, bool>>(deletedMethod, parameter);
        IQueryable<MyTestEntity> query = dbSet.Where(lambda);
        Console.WriteLine("Current Query: {0}", query.ToString());
        foreach (string include in includes)
            Type subType = db.GetType().Assembly.GetTypes().SingleOrDefault(x => x.Name.EndsWith(include));
            ParameterExpression innerParam = Expression.Parameter(subType, subType.Name);
            MemberExpression inrDelProp = Expression.Property(innerParam, "deleted");
            ConstantExpression inrDelCstProp = Expression.Constant(false, typeof(bool));
            MethodCallExpression inrDelMthd = Expression.Call(inrDelProp, "Equals", null, inrDelCstProp);
            var delegateType = typeof(Func<,>).MakeGenericType(subType, typeof(bool));
            dynamic inrLmbdaExpr = Expression.Lambda(delegateType, inrDelMthd, innerParam);
            Console.WriteLine("inrLmbdaExpr: {0}", inrLmbdaExpr.ToString()); // Result: MyTestEntityChild => MyTestEntityChild.deleted.Equals(false)
            query = query.IncludeFilter(inrLmbdaExpr); // ERROR HERE
            Console.WriteLine("Current Query: {0}", query.ToString());

This is built into an abstract class allowing me to pass in an entity type, retrieve the records, and reuse the method irrespective of the entity type; however, I'm also trying to filter out child entities that are marked as deleted (thus the use of EF+).

How can I do this?

EDIT 2: So, I realized I also have Linq.Dynamic.Core (!) in my solution, so I already have access to parsing a LambdaExpression from string. However, the error I get says that IncludeFilter doesn't know which method it's trying to use. (I see in the Object Browser that one uses Expression> and one uses Expression>>. If I could just figure out how to get the IncludeFilter to recognize which method, I think I'd be done! Here's a sample of the code I've rewritten:

string myIncStr = String.Format("x => x.{0}.Where(s => s.deleted.Equals(false)).Where(x => x.MyEntityId.Equals(IncomingId)",includedEntityName);
IEnumerable<MyEntity> result = db.MyEntity.IncludeFilter(System.Linq.Dynamic.Core.DynamicExpressionParser.ParseLambda(typeof(MyChildEntity), myIncStr, null));

Is there a way to "force" (for lack of a better term) the IncludeFilter to use one method? Is it by passing a value instead of null in the Parser?

BTW, thanks for your help. Your EFP library is actually excellent.

Expert Answer

Disclaimer: I'm the owner of the project Entity Framework Plus

Yes, it's possible but only if you can specify the generic argument type required by the method explicitly for the QueryFilter (As you mentioned in your comment).

Otherwise, you will need to also call the QueryFilter via the expression to make everything generic.

However, your current expression seems to have some error such as not calling the Where methods.

What you want to achieve is probably something similar to this:

query = query.IncludeFilter(x => x.Childs.Where(y => !y.Deleted));

Disclaimer: I'm the owner of the project Eval-Expression.NET

This library is not free but makes working with a dynamic expression easier and faster.

Once you get used, you can quickly create a dynamic expression in only a few lines as you normally write LINQ. Here is a code that could handle a similar scenario as your:

using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Data.Entity;
using System.Linq;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using Z.Expressions;

namespace Z.EntityFramework.Plus.Lab.EF6
    public partial class Form_Request_IncludeFilter_Dynamic : Form
        public Form_Request_IncludeFilter_Dynamic()

            // CLEAN
            using (var context = new EntityContext())

            // SEED
            using (var context = new EntityContext())
                var entity1 = context.MyEntityClasses.Add(new MyEntityClass {ColumnInt = 1, Childs = new List<MyEntityClassToFilter>()});
                entity1.Childs.Add(new MyEntityClassToFilter {ColumnInt = 1, Deleted = true});
                entity1.Childs.Add(new MyEntityClassToFilter {ColumnInt = 2, Deleted = false});
                context.MyEntityClasses.Add(new MyEntityClass {ColumnInt = 2});
                context.MyEntityClasses.Add(new MyEntityClass {ColumnInt = 3});

            // TEST
            using (var context = new EntityContext())
                // You must register extension method only once
                // That should not be done here, but for example purpose

                // That could be also dynamic. I believe you already handle this part
                IQueryable<MyEntityClass> query = context.MyEntityClasses;

                // The path to include
                var include = "Childs";

                // The dynamic expression to execute
                var dynamicExpression = "IncludeFilter(x => x." + include + ".Where(y => !y.Deleted));";
                query = query.Execute<IQueryable<MyEntityClass>>(dynamicExpression);

                // The result
                var list = query.ToList();

        public class EntityContext : DbContext
            public EntityContext() : base("CodeFirstEntities")

            public DbSet<MyEntityClass> MyEntityClasses { get; set; }
            public DbSet<MyEntityClassToFilter> MyEntityClassToFilters { get; set; }

            protected override void OnModelCreating(DbModelBuilder modelBuilder)
                modelBuilder.Types().Configure(x =>
                    x.ToTable(GetType().DeclaringType != null
                        ? GetType().DeclaringType.FullName.Replace(".", "_") + "_" + x.ClrType.Name
                        : ""));


        public class MyEntityClass
            public int ID { get; set; }
            public int ColumnInt { get; set; }

            public List<MyEntityClassToFilter> Childs { get; set; }

        public class MyEntityClassToFilter
            public int ID { get; set; }
            public int ColumnInt { get; set; }

            public bool Deleted { get; set; }

EDIT: Answer question

Please review my changed code

You are still missing the where clause.

What you have is something similar to this as you commented

// Result: MyTestEntityChild => MyTestEntityChild.deleted.Equals(false)

What you want is something similar to this

// Result: MyTestEntityChild => MyTestEntityChild.Where(x => x.deleted.Equals(false))

EDIT: Answer question

Oh sorry, I now understand the problem with it.

If you don't know the type, you will need to call the IncludeFilter in an expression as well to make everything generic. It cannot be called explicitely like you are trying to do.


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