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Cooking with .Net Lambdas Part 2 - Injecting Predicates into Where Expressions

A nice quick post this morning, something I spotted in a code snippet from the Castle Windsor folks over at and thought was nice. This post will show you how to pass a lambda into a method, and then invoke that lambda as part of a Where clause. It may not warrant a full blog post, but it's been a quiet few weeks, so there.

Also, check out the first part of this series, Cooking with .Net Lambdas Part 1 - Covering Up Them Code Smells for a more generic example of lambda goodness.

As for why it's been so quiet, I may go into that some time on another post, but for now suffice to say I've been faffing around with joists and load-bearing walls at home, not fun. Let's take a look at some code:

[Test] public void GetProductsWhere_OneProductIsInStock_ReturnsOneInStockProduct()
  // Arrange
var productList = new IList { new Product { IsInStock = true }, new Product { IsInStock = false } }; _productRepositoryMock.Setup(x => x.GetProducts()).Returns(productList); // Act var result = GetProductsWhere(x => x.IsInStock); // Assert Assert.AreEqual(1, result.Count()); Assert.IsTrue(result[0].IsInStock); } public IList GetProductsWhere(Predicate pred) { var productList = _productRepositoryMock.Object.GetProducts(); return productList.Where(pred.Invoke); }

You can see here I've got a little unit test that's setting up a product repository to return two products, one that's in stock and one that's out of stock, and from within my test I'm able to pass in a predicate that's used in a Where statement in my repository to filter the result set.

What's the difference between a lambda and a predicate? A predicate is simply a function that returns a boolean, in .Net a predicate is actually a delegate. .Net 3.5 gives us lambdas as a nicer way of writing our delegate. Also, I have a suspicion that with data-access technologies like Linq-To-SQL or Linq-To-NHibernate this injected predicate will become part of the select statement used to retrieve data from the database, this kinda stuff is simple, but I like it.

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