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ListInitExpression Class

Represents a constructor call that has a collection initializer.


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

public sealed class ListInitExpression : Expression

The ListInitExpression type exposes the following members.

Public propertyCanReduceGets a value that indicates whether the expression tree node can be reduced. (Overrides Expression.CanReduce.)
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibraryInitializersGets the element initializers that are used to initialize a collection.
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibraryNewExpressionGets the expression that contains a call to the constructor of a collection type.
Public propertyNodeTypeReturns the node type of this Expression. (Overrides Expression.NodeType.)
Public propertyTypeGets the static type of the expression that this Expression represents. (Overrides Expression.Type.)

Protected methodAcceptDispatches to the specific visit method for this node type. For example, MethodCallExpression calls the VisitMethodCall. (Inherited from Expression.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodReduceReduces the binary expression node to a simpler expression. (Overrides Expression.Reduce().)
Public methodReduceAndCheckReduces this node to a simpler expression. If CanReduce returns true, this should return a valid expression. This method can return another node which itself must be reduced. (Inherited from Expression.)
Public methodReduceExtensionsReduces the expression to a known node type (that is not an Extension node) or just returns the expression if it is already a known type. (Inherited from Expression.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryToStringReturns a textual representation of the Expression. (Inherited from Expression.)
Public methodUpdateCreates a new expression that is like this one, but using the supplied children. If all of the children are the same, it will return this expression.
Protected methodVisitChildrenReduces the node and then calls the visitor delegate on the reduced expression. The method throws an exception if the node is not reducible. (Inherited from Expression.)

Use the ListInit factory methods to create a ListInitExpression.

The value of the NodeType property of a ListInitExpression is ListInit.

The following example creates a ListInitExpression that represents the initialization of a new dictionary instance that has two key-value pairs.

string tree1 = "maple";
string tree2 = "oak";

System.Reflection.MethodInfo addMethod = typeof(Dictionary<int, string>).GetMethod("Add");

// Create two ElementInit objects that represent the
// two key-value pairs to add to the Dictionary.
System.Linq.Expressions.ElementInit elementInit1 =
System.Linq.Expressions.ElementInit elementInit2 =

// Create a NewExpression that represents constructing
// a new instance of Dictionary<int, string>.
System.Linq.Expressions.NewExpression newDictionaryExpression =
    System.Linq.Expressions.Expression.New(typeof(Dictionary<int, string>));

// Create a ListInitExpression that represents initializing
// a new Dictionary<> instance with two key-value pairs.
System.Linq.Expressions.ListInitExpression listInitExpression =


// This code produces the following output:
// new Dictionary`2() {Void Add(Int32, System.String)(5,"maple"),
// Void Add(Int32, System.String)(3,"oak")}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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.