Jagan Jagan - 2 months ago 19
C# Question

How to iterate the List in Reflection

I am having one property called Students which is of type

List<Student>
.

In reflection i can get the value of Students Property.

Now the problem is How to iterate the List of Students.

I need to check whether StudentID [ some value ] is in that collection.

var collection = studentPro.GetValue(studentObj,null);

//I need to iterate like this,

foreach(var item in collection)
{
if(item.StudentID == 33)
//Do stuff
}


Please help me.

Answer

You just need to cast it:

var collection = (List<Student>) studentPro.GetValue(studentObj,null);

The value returned to you and stored in var is of type object. So you need to cast it to List<Student> first, before trying looping through it.

RANT

That is why I personally do not like var, it hides the type - unless in VS you hover on it. If it was a declared with type object it was immediately obvious that we cannot iterate through it.


UPDATE

Yes its good. But casting should be done with reflection. In reflection we dont know the type of List. We dont know the actual type of the studentObj

In order to do that, you can cast to IEnumerable:

var collection = (IEnumerable) studentPro.GetValue(studentObj,null);