Use the ConditionExpression class

Applies to Dynamics 365 (online), version 9.x

In Dynamics 365 (online) Customer Engagement, you can use the ConditionExpression class to compare an attribute to a value or set of values by using an operator, such as “equal to” or “greater than”. The ConditionExpression class lets you pass condition expressions as parameters to other classes, such as QueryExpression and FilterExpression.

The following table lists the properties you can set to create a condition using the ConditionExpression class.

Property Description
AttributeName Specifies the logical name of the attribute in the condition expression.
Operator Specifies the condition operator. This is set by using the ConditionOperator enumeration.
Values Specifies the values of the attribute.

When using the AddCondition(ConditionExpression) method (or the constructor for ConditionExpression), it’s important to understand whether the array is being added as multiple values or as an array.

The following code example shows two different outcomes depending on how the array is used.

string[] values = new string[] { "Value1", "Value2" };  
ConditionExpression c = new ConditionExpression("name", ConditionOperator.In, values);  
Console.WriteLine(c.Values.Count); //This will output 2   
string[] values = new string[] { "Value1", "Value2" }object value = values;  
ConditionExpression c = new ConditionExpression("name", ConditionOperator.In, value);  
Console.WriteLine(c.Values.Count); //This will output 1  

In some cases, it is necessary to cast to either object[] or object, depending on the desired behavior.

When you create a condition that compares an attribute value to an enumeration, such as a state code, you must use the ToString method to convert the value to a string.


The following code example shows how to use the ConditionExpression class.

//  Query using ConditionExpression    
ConditionExpression condition1 = new ConditionExpression();  
condition1.AttributeName = "lastname";    
condition1.Operator = ConditionOperator.Equal;    
FilterExpression filter1 = new FilterExpression();    
QueryExpression query = new QueryExpression("contact");    
query.ColumnSet.AddColumns("firstname", "lastname");    
EntityCollection result1 = _serviceProxy.RetrieveMultiple(query);    
Console.WriteLine("Query using Query Expression with ConditionExpression and FilterExpression");    
foreach (var a in result1.Entities)    
      Console.WriteLine("Name: " + a.Attributes["firstname"] + " " + a.Attributes["lastname"]);    


The following code example shows how to use the ConditionExpression class to test for the inactive state.

ConditionExpression condition3 = new ConditionExpression();  
condition3.AttributeName = "statecode";  
condition3.Operator = ConditionOperator.Equal;  

See also

Building Queries
Build Queries with QueryExpression
Use the FilterExpression Class