Flatliner DOA Flatliner DOA - 2 months ago 7
C# Question

How do I reflect over the members of dynamic object?

I need to get a dictionary of properties and their values from an object declared with the dynamic keyword in .NET 4? It seems using reflection for this will not work.


dynamic s = new ExpandoObject();
s.Path = "/Home";
s.Name = "Home";

// How do I enumerate the Path and Name properties and get their values?
IDictionary<string, object> propertyValues = ???


If the IDynamicMetaObjectProvider can provide the dynamic member names, you can get them. See GetMemberNames implementation in the apache licensed PCL library Dynamitey (which can be found in nuget), it works for ExpandoObjects and DynamicObjects that implement GetDynamicMemberNames and any other IDynamicMetaObjectProvider who provides a meta object with an implementation of GetDynamicMemberNames without custom testing beyond is IDynamicMetaObjectProvider.

After getting the member names it's a little more work to get the value the right way, but Impromptu does this but it's harder to point to just the interesting bits and have it make sense. Here's the documentation and it is equal or faster than reflection, however, unlikely to be faster than a dictionary lookup for expando, but it works for any object, expando, dynamic or original - you name it.