Clever use of C# 3.0 LINQ Expressions

Jafar Husain shows us a quite clever way to use a C# 3.0 LINQ expression to get a symbol name. I think this is a really good idea to use in cases when you need the name of a symbol as a string, since it avoids using hard-coded strings and gives us the option to use automatic refactorings without breaking stuff. And since it is implemented as an extension method; it does not pollute the interface of your classes. There might be a slight performance penalty when using this method; but I think it will be neglible for all but some extreme cases. But if you need to use it in a tight loop, you should propably make some performance measurements in advance ;-)

Now, if only C# 3.0 had been available a couple of years ago, when I wrote a lot of statically typed datasets (automatically generated from the database schema using CodeSmith, of course). The bulk of the code in those datasets where properties that would generally retrieve a value from a DataRow in a column named the same as the property. If I could have used the approach mentioned above, I am sure it would have saved me some sweat during later refactorings of the code in question.

It is a Good Thing our tools and languages continually evolves.


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