ExpressionPrefixAttribute Class

Specifies the prefix attribute to use for the expression builder. This class cannot be inherited.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.Web.Compilation.ExpressionPrefixAttribute

Namespace:  System.Web.Compilation
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class, AllowMultiple = false)]
public sealed class ExpressionPrefixAttribute : Attribute

The ExpressionPrefixAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodExpressionPrefixAttributeInitializes a new instance of the ExpressionPrefixAttribute class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyExpressionPrefixGets the prefix value for the current ExpressionBuilder object.
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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The ExpressionPrefixAttribute class is used at design time with expressions that are not defined in the configuration file. Use the ExpressionPrefix property to get the name of the prefix that is associated with the ExpressionPrefixAttribute object. An expression builder looks for any statements with the following form:

<%$ [expressionPrefix]:[expressionValue] %>

Then the expression builder, based on the prefix of the expression, generates code for the property assignment. The expressionPrefix parameter refers to a configured expression builder, which is defined in the configuration file or through an ExpressionPrefixAttribute object.

The following code examples demonstrate how to use the ExpressionPrefixAttribute class. The attribute is applied to a custom expression builder that implements the ExpressionBuilder abstract class. This implementation of ExpressionBuilder returns an evaluated statement that is passed to the expression. To run this example, you must first register the custom expression builder in the Web.config file. The first code example demonstrates how to register the custom expression builder in the Web.config file.

<configuration>
    <system.web>
       <compilation>
          <expressionBuilders>
              <add expressionPrefix="MyCustomExpression"
               type="MyCustomExpressionBuilder"/>
          </expressionBuilders>
       </compilation>
    </system.web>
</configuration>

The second code example demonstrates how to reference the expression in an .aspx file.

<asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" 
Text="<%$ MyCustomExpression:Hello, world! %>" />

The third code example demonstrates how to develop a customized expression builder by deriving from ExpressionBuilder. To run this code example, you must place the class in the App_Code folder.

using System;
using System.CodeDom;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Web.Compilation;
using System.Web.UI.Design;

// Apply ExpressionEditorAttributes to allow the  
// expression to appear in the designer.
[ExpressionPrefix("MyCustomExpression")]
[ExpressionEditor("MyCustomExpressionEditor")]
public class MyExpressionBuilder : ExpressionBuilder
{
    // Create a method that will return the result  
    // set for the expression argument. 
    public static object GetEvalData(string expression, Type target, string entry)
    {
        return expression;
    }

    public override object EvaluateExpression(object target, BoundPropertyEntry entry, 
	object parsedData, ExpressionBuilderContext context)
    {
        return GetEvalData(entry.Expression, target.GetType(), entry.Name);
    }

    public override CodeExpression GetCodeExpression(BoundPropertyEntry entry, 
	object parsedData, ExpressionBuilderContext context)
    {
        Type type1 = entry.DeclaringType;
        PropertyDescriptor descriptor1 = TypeDescriptor.GetProperties(type1)[entry.PropertyInfo.Name];
        CodeExpression[] expressionArray1 = new CodeExpression[3];
        expressionArray1[0] = new CodePrimitiveExpression(entry.Expression.Trim());
        expressionArray1[1] = new CodeTypeOfExpression(type1);
        expressionArray1[2] = new CodePrimitiveExpression(entry.Name);
        return new CodeCastExpression(descriptor1.PropertyType, new CodeMethodInvokeExpression(new 
	   CodeTypeReferenceExpression(base.GetType()), "GetEvalData", expressionArray1));
    }

    public override bool SupportsEvaluate
    {
        get { return true; }
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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