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BlockExpression Class

.NET Framework (current version)
 

Represents a block that contains a sequence of expressions where variables can be defined.

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

System.Object
  System.Linq.Expressions.Expression
    System.Linq.Expressions.BlockExpression

public class BlockExpression : Expression

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubpropertyCanReduce

Indicates that the node can be reduced to a simpler node. If this returns true, Reduce() can be called to produce the reduced form.(Inherited from Expression.)

System_CAPS_pubpropertyExpressions

Gets the expressions in this block.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyNodeType

Returns the node type of this expression. Extension nodes should return Extension when overriding this method.(Overrides Expression.NodeType.)

System_CAPS_pubpropertyResult

Gets the last expression in this block.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyType

Gets the static type of the expression that this Expression represents.(Overrides Expression.Type.)

System_CAPS_pubpropertyVariables

Gets the variables defined in this block.

NameDescription
System_CAPS_protmethodAccept(ExpressionVisitor)

Dispatches to the specific visit method for this node type. For example, MethodCallExpression calls the VisitMethodCall.(Overrides Expression.Accept(ExpressionVisitor).)

System_CAPS_pubmethodEquals(Object)

Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_protmethodFinalize()

Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetHashCode()

Serves as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetType()

Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_protmethodMemberwiseClone()

Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodReduce()

Reduces 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.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodReduceAndCheck()

Reduces 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.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodReduceExtensions()

Reduces 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.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodToString()

Returns a textual representation of the Expression.(Inherited from Expression.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodUpdate(IEnumerable<ParameterExpression>, IEnumerable<Expression>)

Creates 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.

System_CAPS_protmethodVisitChildren(ExpressionVisitor)

Reduces 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.)

The Block methods can be used to create a BlockExpression.

The following code example shows how to create a block expression. The block expression consists of two MethodCallExpression objects and one ConstantExpression object.

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

// The block expression allows for executing several expressions sequentually.
// When the block expression is executed,
// it returns the value of the last expression in the sequence.
BlockExpression blockExpr = Expression.Block(
    Expression.Call(
        null,
        typeof(Console).GetMethod("Write", new Type[] { typeof(String) }),
        Expression.Constant("Hello ")
       ),
    Expression.Call(
        null,
        typeof(Console).GetMethod("WriteLine", new Type[] { typeof(String) }),
        Expression.Constant("World!")
        ),
    Expression.Constant(42)
);

Console.WriteLine("The result of executing the expression tree:");
// The following statement first creates an expression tree,
// then compiles it, and then executes it.           
var result = Expression.Lambda<Func<int>>(blockExpr).Compile()();

// Print out the expressions from the block expression.
Console.WriteLine("The expressions from the block expression:");
foreach (var expr in blockExpr.Expressions)
    Console.WriteLine(expr.ToString());

// Print out the result of the tree execution.
Console.WriteLine("The return value of the block expression:");
Console.WriteLine(result);

// This code example produces the following output:
//
// The result of executing the expression tree:
// Hello World!

// The expressions from the block expression:
// Write("Hello ")
// WriteLine("World!")
// 42

// The return value of the block expression:
// 42

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 4.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 4.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 8.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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