Expression.OrElse Method (Expression, Expression)
Creates a BinaryExpression that represents a conditional OR operation that evaluates the second operand only if the first operand evaluates to false.
Assembly: System.Core (in System.Core.dll)
The resulting BinaryExpression has the Method property set to the implementing method. The Type property is set to the type of the node. If the node is lifted, the IsLifted and IsLiftedToNull properties are both true. Otherwise, they are false. The Conversion property is null.
The following information describes the implementing method, the node type, and whether a node is lifted.
The following rules determine the implementing method for the operation:
The conditional OR operator cannot be overloaded in C# or Visual Basic. However, the conditional OR operator is evaluated by using the bitwise OR operator. Thus, a user-defined overload of the bitwise OR operator can be the implementing method for this node type.
Otherwise, if left.Type and right.Type are Boolean types, the implementing method is null.
Node Type and Lifted versus Non-Lifted
If the implementing method is not null:
If left.Type and right.Type are assignable to the corresponding argument types of the implementing method, the node is not lifted. The type of the node is the return type of the implementing method.
If the following two conditions are satisfied, the node is lifted and the type of the node is the nullable type that corresponds to the return type of the implementing method:
left.Type and right.Type are both value types of which at least one is nullable, and the corresponding non-nullable types are equal to the corresponding argument types of the implementing method.
The return type of the implementing method is a non-nullable value type.
If the implementing method is null:
left.Type and right.Type are the same Boolean type.
If left.Type and right.Type are non-nullable, the node is not lifted. The type of the node is the result type of the predefined conditional OR operator.
If left.Type and right.Type are nullable, the node is lifted. The type of the node is the nullable type that corresponds to the result type of the predefined conditional OR operator.
The following code example shows how to create an expression that represents a logical OR operation that evaluates the second operand only if the first operand evaluates to false.
// Add the following directive to your file: // using System.Linq.Expressions; // This expression perfroms a logical OR operation // on its two arguments, but if the first argument is true, // then the second arument is not evaluated. // Both arguments must be of the boolean type. Expression orElseExpr = Expression.OrElse( Expression.Constant(false), Expression.Constant(true) ); // Print out the expression. outputBlock.Text += orElseExpr.ToString() + "\n"; // The following statement first creates an expression tree, // then compiles it, and then executes it. outputBlock.Text += Expression.Lambda<Func<bool>>(orElseExpr).Compile().Invoke() + "\n"; // This code example produces the following output: // // (False OrElse True) // True
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