GotoExpression Class

Represents an unconditional jump. This includes return statements, break and continue statements, and other jumps.

Inheritance Hierarchy

System.Object
  System.Linq.Expressions.Expression
    System.Linq.Expressions.GotoExpression

Namespace:  System.Linq.Expressions
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

Syntax

'Declaration
Public NotInheritable Class GotoExpression _
    Inherits Expression
public sealed class GotoExpression : Expression

The GotoExpression type exposes the following members.

Properties

  Name Description
Public property CanReduce Indicates that the node can be reduced to a simpler node. If this returns true, Reduce() can be called to produce the reduced form. (Inherited from Expression.)
Public property Kind The kind of the "go to" expression. Serves information purposes only.
Public property NodeType Returns the node type of this Expression. (Overrides Expression.NodeType.)
Public property Target The target label where this node jumps to.
Public property Type Gets the static type of the expression that this Expression represents. (Overrides Expression.Type.)
Public property Value The value passed to the target, or null if the target is of type System.Void.

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Methods

  Name Description
Protected method Accept Dispatches to the specific visit method for this node type. For example, MethodCallExpression calls the VisitMethodCall. (Inherited from Expression.)
Public method Equals(Object) Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected method Finalize Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public method GetHashCode Serves as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public method GetType Gets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected method MemberwiseClone Creates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public method Reduce Reduces this node to a simpler expression. If CanReduce returns true, this should return a valid expression. This method can return another node which itself must be reduced. (Inherited from Expression.)
Public method ReduceAndCheck Reduces this node to a simpler expression. If CanReduce returns true, this should return a valid expression. This method can return another node which itself must be reduced. (Inherited from Expression.)
Public method ReduceExtensions Reduces the expression to a known node type (that is not an Extension node) or just returns the expression if it is already a known type. (Inherited from Expression.)
Public method ToString Returns a textual representation of the Expression. (Inherited from Expression.)
Public method Update Creates a new expression that is like this one, but using the supplied children. If all of the children are the same, it will return this expression.
Protected method VisitChildren Reduces the node and then calls the visitor delegate on the reduced expression. The method throws an exception if the node is not reducible. (Inherited from Expression.)

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Examples

The following example demonstrates how to create an expression that contains a GotoExpression object by using the Goto method.

' Add the following directive to your file:
' Imports System.Linq.Expressions  

' A label expression of the void type that is the target for the GoToExpression.
Dim returnTarget As LabelTarget = Expression.Label()

' This block contains a GotoExpression.
' It transfers execution to a label expression that is initialized with the same LabelTarget as the GotoExpression.
' The types of the GotoExpression, label expression, and LabelTarget must match.
Dim blockExpr As BlockExpression =
      Expression.Block(
          Expression.Call(GetType(Console).GetMethod("WriteLine", New Type() {GetType(String)}), Expression.Constant("GoTo")),
          Expression.Goto(returnTarget),
          Expression.Call(GetType(Console).GetMethod("WriteLine", New Type() {GetType(String)}), Expression.Constant("Other Work")),
          Expression.Label(returnTarget)
      )

' The following statement first creates an expression tree,
' then compiles it, and then runs it.
Expression.Lambda(Of Action)(blockExpr).Compile()()

' This code example produces the following output:
'
' GoTo

' "Other Work" is not printed because 
' the Return expression transfers execution from Expression.GoTo(returnTarget)
' to Expression.Label(returnTarget).
// Add the following directive to your file:
// using System.Linq.Expressions;  

// A label expression of the void type that is the target for the GotoExpression.
LabelTarget returnTarget = Expression.Label();

// This block contains a GotoExpression.
// It transfers execution to a label expression that is initialized with the same LabelTarget as the GotoExpression.
// The types of the GotoExpression, label expression, and LabelTarget must match.
BlockExpression blockExpr =
    Expression.Block(
        Expression.Call(typeof(Console).GetMethod("WriteLine", new Type[] { typeof(string) }), Expression.Constant("GoTo")),
        Expression.Goto(returnTarget),
        Expression.Call(typeof(Console).GetMethod("WriteLine", new Type[] { typeof(string) }), Expression.Constant("Other Work")),
        Expression.Label(returnTarget)
    );

// The following statement first creates an expression tree,
// then compiles it, and then runs it.
Expression.Lambda<Action>(blockExpr).Compile()();

// This code example produces the following output:
//
// GoTo

// "Other Work" is not printed because 
// the GoTo expression transfers execution from Expression.GoTo(returnTarget)
// to Expression.Label(returnTarget).

Version Information

Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4

Platforms

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

Thread Safety

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.