Working with nullable types in Expression Trees

c# entity-framework expression-trees lambda linq

Question

I have an extension method to dynamically filter Linq to Entities results using string values. It works fine until I use it to filter nullable columns. Here's my code:

public static IOrderedQueryable<T> OrderingHelperWhere<T>(this IQueryable<T> source, string columnName, object value)
{
    ParameterExpression table = Expression.Parameter(typeof(T), "");
    Expression column = Expression.PropertyOrField(table, columnName);
    Expression where = Expression.GreaterThanOrEqual(column, Expression.Constant(value));
    Expression lambda = Expression.Lambda(where, new ParameterExpression[] { table });

    Type[] exprArgTypes = { source.ElementType };

    MethodCallExpression methodCall = Expression.Call(typeof(Queryable), 
                                                      "Where", 
                                                      exprArgTypes, 
                                                      source.Expression, 
                                                      lambda);

    return (IOrderedQueryable<T>)source.Provider.CreateQuery<T>(methodCall);
}

Here's how I use it:

var results = (from row in ctx.MyTable select row)
              .OrderingHelperWhere("userId", 5);//userId is nullable column

Here's the exception I'm getting when I use this for nullable table columns:

The binary operator GreaterThanOrEqual is not defined for the types 'System.Nullable`1[System.Int32]' and 'System.Int32'

I couldn't figured this out. What should I do?

Accepted Answer

I had to convert the value type to the column type using Expression.Convert:

Expression where = Expression.GreaterThanOrEqual(column, Expression.Convert(Expression.Constant(value), column.Type));



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