[c#] How to get the PropertyInfo of a specific property?



Answers

There is a .NET 3.5 way with lambdas/Expression that doesn't use strings...

using System;
using System.Linq.Expressions;
using System.Reflection;

class Foo
{
    public string Bar { get; set; }
}
static class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        PropertyInfo prop = PropertyHelper<Foo>.GetProperty(x => x.Bar);
    }
}
public static class PropertyHelper<T>
{
    public static PropertyInfo GetProperty<TValue>(
        Expression<Func<T, TValue>> selector)
    {
        Expression body = selector;
        if (body is LambdaExpression)
        {
            body = ((LambdaExpression)body).Body;
        }
        switch (body.NodeType)
        {
            case ExpressionType.MemberAccess:
                return (PropertyInfo)((MemberExpression)body).Member;
            default:
                throw new InvalidOperationException();
        }
    }
}
Question

I want to get the PropertyInfo for a specific property. I could use:

foreach(PropertyInfo p in typeof(MyObject).GetProperties())
{
    if ( p.Name == "MyProperty") { return p }
}

But there must be a way to do something similar to

typeof(MyProperty) as PropertyInfo

Is there? Or am I stuck doing a type-unsafe string comparison?

Cheers.




Reflection is used for runtime type evaluation. So your string constants cannot be verified at compile time.




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