Expression<TDelegate>.Compile Method ()

 

Compiles the lambda expression described by the expression tree into executable code and produces a delegate that represents the lambda expression.

Namespace:   System.Linq.Expressions
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

public TDelegate Compile()

Return Value

Type: TDelegate

A delegate of type TDelegate that represents the compiled lambda expression described by the Expression<TDelegate>.

The Compile method produces a delegate of type TDelegate at runtime. When that delegate is executed, it has the behavior described by the semantics of the Expression<TDelegate>.

The Compile method can be used to obtain the value of any expression tree. First, create a lambda expression that has the expression as its body by using the Lambda method. Then call Compile to obtain a delegate, and execute the delegate to obtain the value of the expression.

The following code example demonstrates how Compile is used to execute an expression tree.


// Lambda expression as data in the form of an expression tree.
System.Linq.Expressions.Expression<Func<int, bool>> expr = i => i < 5;
// Compile the expression tree into executable code.
Func<int, bool> deleg = expr.Compile();
// Invoke the method and print the output.
Console.WriteLine("deleg(4) = {0}", deleg(4));

/*  This code produces the following output:

    deleg(4) = True
*/

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 3.5
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.1
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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