I am locating the find method of List in C# with the single Expression type parameter

I am using the following ( where T is a List, in my case a SubSonic IActiveRecord )

MethodInfo info = typeof(T).GetMethods(BindingFlags.Static | BindingFlags.Public)
                             .FirstOrDefault(m => m.Name == "Find" && m.GetParameters().Count() == 1);

This works perfectly well, but feels clunky (especially the parameter count part) and I'm not sure how future proof it is.

  • \$\begingroup\$ IEnumerable expose one single method named GetEnumerator... \$\endgroup\$ Mar 10, 2011 at 22:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @VirtualBlackFox It also exposes many extension methods in C#3+ for use with LINQ \$\endgroup\$
    – johnc
    Mar 10, 2011 at 22:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ 1.GetMethod on IEnumerable<T> will never return theses. 2.None is called "Find" in the framework. 3.Look like you are searching on a List<T> as this one define a one parameter "Find" taking a predicate. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 10, 2011 at 22:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @VirtualBlackFox Oh, you are correct. I always assumed it was an IEnumerable extension method, thanks. Question edited accordingly \$\endgroup\$
    – johnc
    Mar 10, 2011 at 22:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ Is there a reason you're not just using GetMethod? \$\endgroup\$
    – sepp2k
    Mar 10, 2011 at 23:24

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When searching for methods using reflection I found that the most future-proof way is by searching exactly for the method, so not only the Count() is correct but I would also have checked both what is this parameter type and what is the return type of the function.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, less elegant, but more constrained and future proof, makes sense \$\endgroup\$
    – johnc
    Mar 10, 2011 at 23:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes the case where you need to find a function with a Something<OtherThing<T>> paramter where T is a generic parameter of the parent class produce especially non elegant code. If someone took the time I guess that designing a small DSL for this could be possible. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 10, 2011 at 23:13

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