C# Language Creating an anonymous type


Example

Since anonymous types are not named, variables of those types must be implicitly typed (var).

var anon = new { Foo = 1, Bar = 2 };
// anon.Foo == 1
// anon.Bar == 2

If the member names are not specified, they are set to the name of the property/variable used to initialize the object.

int foo = 1;
int bar = 2;
var anon2 = new { foo, bar };
// anon2.foo == 1
// anon2.bar == 2

Note that names can only be omitted when the expression in the anonymous type declaration is a simple property access; for method calls or more complex expressions, a property name must be specified.

string foo = "some string";
var anon3 = new { foo.Length };
// anon3.Length == 11
var anon4 = new { foo.Length <= 10 ? "short string" : "long string" };
// compiler error - Invalid anonymous type member declarator.
var anon5 = new { Description = foo.Length <= 10 ? "short string" : "long string" };
// OK