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Alternative to Activator.CreateInstance

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26 Jan 2012CPOL
Using expressions, you can achieve a faster result with less code.public static T New(){ Type t = typeof(T); Func method = Expression.Lambda>(Expression.Block(t, new Expression[] { Expression.New(t) })).Compile(); return method();}Furthermore, this can...
Using expressions, you can achieve a faster result with less code.

public static T New<T>()
    Type t = typeof(T);
    Func<T> method = Expression.Lambda<Func<T>>(Expression.Block(t, new Expression[] { Expression.New(t) })).Compile();

    return method();

Furthermore, this can be refined further by capturing the method into a dictionary and saving it off for future use. As an example, you can see this tip[^], which does something like this.

From my own testing of 1000 iterations of both, mine (without caching) was 148 milliseconds, while your original was 220 milliseconds.


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GeneralReason for my vote of 1 No DM or Expressions are needed for ... Pin
nonexisto26-Jan-12 3:15
Membernonexisto26-Jan-12 3:15 
GeneralRe: Corrected. I removed the type constraint. I didn't realize... Pin
Andrew Rissing26-Jan-12 4:39
MemberAndrew Rissing26-Jan-12 4:39 
GeneralI'd have to agree with your comment. The big bottleneck slow... Pin
Dean Oliver25-Jan-12 19:40
MemberDean Oliver25-Jan-12 19:40 
GeneralI am aware of this alternative. However my results where wel... Pin
Dean Oliver25-Jan-12 9:44
MemberDean Oliver25-Jan-12 9:44 
I am aware of this alternative. However my results where well in favour of the DynamicMethod implementation over the ExpressionTree. Expression lambda was 4x slower than the DynamicMethod. Maybe you can share your code so I can compare. But from my own tests Expressions are far slower. DynamicMethod will in most cases always be faster because it's directly generated to IL.
GeneralRe: The overhead in your method may likely be due to the dynamic... Pin
Andrew Rissing25-Jan-12 10:36
MemberAndrew Rissing25-Jan-12 10:36 

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