Expression.Call Method (Expression, MethodInfo)


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Creates a MethodCallExpression that represents a call to a method that takes no arguments.

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

public static MethodCallExpression Call(
	Expression instance,
	MethodInfo method


Type: System.Linq.Expressions.Expression

An Expression that specifies the instance for an instance method call (pass null for a static (Shared in Visual Basic) method).

Type: System.Reflection.MethodInfo

A MethodInfo to set the Method property equal to.

Return Value

Type: System.Linq.Expressions.MethodCallExpression

A MethodCallExpression that has the NodeType property equal to Call and the Object and Method properties set to the specified values.

Exception Condition

method is null.


instance is null and method represents an instance method.


instance.Type is not assignable to the declaring type of the method represented by method.

To represent a call to a static (Shared in Visual Basic) method, pass in null for the instance parameter when you call this method.

If method represents an instance method, the Type property of instance must be assignable to the declaring type of the method represented by method.

The Arguments property of the resulting MethodCallExpression is empty. The Type property is equal to the return type of the method represented by method.

The following code example shows how to create an expression that calls a method without arguments.

// Add the following directive to your file:
// using System.Linq.Expressions;  

// This expression represents a call to an instance method without arguments.
Expression callExpr = Expression.Call(
    Expression.Constant("sample string"), typeof(String).GetMethod("ToUpper", new Type[] { }));

// Print out the expression.

// The following statement first creates an expression tree,
// then compiles it, and then executes it.  

// This code example produces the following output:
// "sample string".ToUpper

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 3.5
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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