MessageQuery.Evaluate<TResult> Method (MessageBuffer)

.NET Framework (current version)

When overridden in a derived class, runs a query against the message and returns a result.

Namespace:   System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher
Assembly:  System.ServiceModel (in System.ServiceModel.dll)

public abstract TResult Evaluate<TResult>(
	MessageBuffer buffer


Type: System.ServiceModel.Channels.MessageBuffer

The message to query.

Return Value

Type: TResult


An enumerable collection of results that satisfy the query.

Type Parameters


The type of the object to return.

The following example creates a message and XPath message queries. The queries are evaluated by the XPathMessageQuery objects contained in an XPathMessageQueryCollection object. The results of each query are tested using the ResultType property of the XPathResult class.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;
using System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.ServiceModel.Channels;
using System.Xml.XPath;

namespace MessageQueryExamples

    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            // The XPathMessageQueryCollection inherits from MessageQueryCollection.
            XPathMessageQueryCollection queryCollection = MessageHelper.SetupQueryCollection();

            // Create a message and a copy of the message. You must create a buffered copy to access the message body.
            Message mess = MessageHelper.CreateMessage();
            MessageBuffer mb = mess.CreateBufferedCopy(int.MaxValue);

            // Evaluate every query in the collection. 
            foreach (XPathMessageQuery q in queryCollection)
                // Evaluate the query. Note the result type is an XPathResult.
                XPathResult qPathResult = q.Evaluate<XPathResult>(mb);

                // Use the XPathResult to determine the result type.
                Console.WriteLine("Result type: {0}", qPathResult.ResultType);

                // The following code prints the result according to the result type.

                if (qPathResult.ResultType == XPathResultType.String)
                    Console.WriteLine("{0} = {1}", q.Expression, qPathResult.GetResultAsString());

                if (qPathResult.ResultType == XPathResultType.NodeSet)
                    // Iterate through the node set.
                    XPathNodeIterator ns = qPathResult.GetResultAsNodeset();
                    foreach (XPathNavigator n in ns)
                        Console.WriteLine("\t{0} = {1}", q.Expression, n.Value);
                if (qPathResult.ResultType == XPathResultType.Number)
                    Console.WriteLine("\t{0} = {1}", q.Expression, qPathResult.GetResultAsNumber());

                if (qPathResult.ResultType == XPathResultType.Boolean)
                    Console.WriteLine("\t{0} ={1}", q.Expression, qPathResult.GetResultAsBoolean());

                if (qPathResult.ResultType == XPathResultType.Error)


            // The alternate code below demonstrates similar funcionality using a MessageQueryTable.
            // The difference is the KeyValuePair that requires a key to index each value.
            // The code uses the expression as the key, and an arbitrary value for the value.           

            //MessageQueryTable<string> mq = MessageHelper.SetupTable();
            //foreach (KeyValuePair<MessageQuery, string> kv in mq)
            //    XPathMessageQuery xp = (XPathMessageQuery)kv.Key;
            //    Console.WriteLine("Value = {0}", kv.Value);
            //    Console.WriteLine("{0} = {1}", xp.Expression, xp.Evaluate<string>(mb));


    public class MessageHelper
        static string messageBody =
              "<PurchaseOrder date='today'>" +
                  "<Number>ABC-2009-XYZ</Number>" +
                  "<Department>OnlineSales</Department>" +
                  "<Items>" +
                      "<Item product='nail' quantity='1'>item1</Item>" +
                      "<Item product='screw' quantity='2'>item2</Item>" +
                      "<Item product='brad' quantity='3'>" +
                          "<SpecialOffer/>" +
                          "Special item4" +
                      "</Item>" +
                      "<Item product='SpecialNails' quantity='9'>item5</Item>" +
                      "<Item product='SpecialBrads' quantity='11'>" +
                          "<SpecialOffer/>" +
                          "Special item6" +
                      "</Item>" +
                      "<Item product='hammer' quantity='1'>item7</Item>" +
                      "<Item product='wrench' quantity='2'>item8</Item>" +
                  "</Items>" +
                "<Comments>" +
                "Rush order" +
                "</Comments>" +

        public static string xpath = "/s12:Envelope/s12:Body/PurchaseOrder/Items/Item[@quantity = 1]";
        public static string xpath2 = "/s12:Envelope/s12:Body/PurchaseOrder/Items/Item[@product = 'nail']";
        public static string xpath3 = "/s12:Envelope/s12:Body/PurchaseOrder/Comments";
        public static string xpath4 = "count(/s12:Envelope/s12:Body/PurchaseOrder/Items/Item)";
        public static string xpath5 = "substring(string(/s12:Envelope/s12:Body/PurchaseOrder/Number),5,4)";
        public static string xpath6 = "/s12:Envelope/s12:Body/PurchaseOrder/Department='OnlineSales'";
        public static string xpath7 = "//PurchaseOrder/@date";
        public static string xpath8 = "//SpecialOffer/ancestor::Item[@product = 'brad']";

        // Invoke the correlation data function.

        public static string xpath9 = "sm:correlation-data('CorrelationData1')";
        public static string xpath10 = "sm:correlation-data('CorrelationData2')";

        public static string xpath11 = "/s12:Envelope/s12:Body/PurchaseOrder/Items/Item[@quantity = 2]";

        public static Message CreateMessage()
            StringReader stringReader = new StringReader(messageBody);
            XmlTextReader xmlReader = new XmlTextReader(stringReader);
            Message message = Message.CreateMessage(MessageVersion.Soap12WSAddressing10, "http://purchaseorder", xmlReader);

            // Add two correlation properties using lambda expressions. The property names are
            // CorrelationData1 and CorrelationData2. The first goes to "value1" and the
            // second to "value2". You can use your own property names and values.
            CorrelationDataMessageProperty data = new CorrelationDataMessageProperty();

            data.Add("CorrelationData1", () => "value1");
            data.Add("CorrelationData2", () => "value2");
            message.Properties[CorrelationDataMessageProperty.Name] = data;

            return message;

        public static XPathMessageQueryCollection SetupQueryCollection()
            // Create the query collection and add the XPath queries to it. To create
            // the query, you must also use a new XPathMessageContext.

            XPathMessageQueryCollection queryCollection = new XPathMessageQueryCollection();

            XPathMessageContext context = new XPathMessageContext();
            queryCollection.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath, context));
            queryCollection.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath2, context));
            queryCollection.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath3, context));
            queryCollection.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath4, context));
            queryCollection.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath5, context));
            queryCollection.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath6, context));
            queryCollection.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath7, context));
            queryCollection.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath8, context));
            queryCollection.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath9, context));
            queryCollection.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath10, context));
            queryCollection.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath11, context));

            return queryCollection;

        public static MessageQueryTable<string> SetupTable()
            // This is optional code to demonstrate using a MessageQueryTable.
            // Compare this to the MessageQueryCollection.
            MessageQueryTable<string> table = new MessageQueryTable<string>();
            XPathMessageContext context = new XPathMessageContext();

            // The code adds a KeyValuePair to the table. Each pair requires
            // a query used as the Key, and a value that is paired to the key.
            table.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath, context), "value10");
            table.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath2, context), "value20");
            table.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath3, context), "value30");
            table.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath4, context), "value40");
            table.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath5, context), "value50");
            table.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath6, context), "value60");
            table.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath7, context), "value70");
            table.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath8, context), "value80");
            table.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath9, context), "value90");
            table.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath10, context), "value100");
            table.Add(new XPathMessageQuery(xpath11, context), "value110");
            return table;

.NET Framework
Available since 4.0
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