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May 24, 2007 at 12:50 PM

I am getting MethodAccessException when I use DynamicComparer to compare classes using some property which is declared at the base-class level.

The base class is abstract generic class BDORoot<T> and has properties like ID, DateCreated etc.. Derived classes inherit from it like: class CurrencyBDO : BDORoot<CurrencyBDO>.

When I use DynamicComparer to sort by (for example) Name property which is declared in CurrencyBDO everything works fine. But when I try to sort by some property declared in BDORoot like ID or DateCreated it throws MethodAccessException ("cannot invoke get_ID() method") during comparer.Invoke(x, y) call. I run it locally in Full trust so I do not understand why this happens. All that properties and classes are public.

Do you have any idea what might be wrong? My code or something in DynamicEmit class?

BTW: Thanks Mark for great Dynamic Reflection Library .

May 25, 2007 at 4:48 AM
Any chance you could give me a minimal reproduction of the issue in code? I can fix it much faster if I'm sure I'm addressing your actual issue.
May 25, 2007 at 7:26 AM
Hi Marc, here is very simple minimal reproduction:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using Phydeaux.Utilities;

namespace ConsoleApplication1
class Program
static void Main(string[] args)
// get the list
List<CountryBDO> list = CountryBDO.getAllBDOs();


// base class
public abstract class BDORoot<TBDO>
private long? _ID;
public long? ID
get { return _ID; }
set { _ID = value; }

// derived class
public class CountryBDO : BDORoot<CountryBDO>
private string _Name;
public string Name
get { return _Name; }
set { _Name = value; }

public static List<CountryBDO> getAllBDOs()

List<CountryBDO> list = new List<CountryBDO>();
CountryBDO c1 = new CountryBDO();
c1.ID = 100;
c1.Name = "USA";
CountryBDO c2 = new CountryBDO();
c2.ID = 50;
c2.Name = "Slovakia";
CountryBDO c3 = new CountryBDO();
c3.ID = 150;
c3.Name = "Vanuatu";

list.Sort(new DynamicComparer<CountryBDO>("Name"));

//throws exception
list.Sort(new DynamicComparer<CountryBDO>("ID"));

return list;
May 25, 2007 at 1:49 PM
Hi. I found the solution. I changed Call method in DynamicEmit class to this:

public void Call(MethodInfo method)
if (method.IsFinal || !method.IsVirtual)
_ilGen.Emit(OpCodes.Call, method);
_ilGen.Emit(OpCodes.Callvirt, method);

Now everything works fine.

According to this
EmitCall is mainly for varargs methods and you can (should) use Emit when you do not use varargs.
I do not understand MSIL but I might be a bug in EmitCall or I don't know.

Have a nice day.

May 25, 2007 at 5:32 PM
OR another solution to this is to set skipVisibility parameter in DynamicMethod constructor to true:

DynamicMethod dm = new DynamicMethod("DynamicCompare"
, MethodAttributes.Static | MethodAttributes.Public, CallingConventions.Standard,
typeof(int), new Type[] { typeof(T), typeof(T) }, typeof(T), true);
May 25, 2007 at 7:44 PM
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May 25, 2007 at 8:01 PM
I've updated the code according to your suggestion (keeping the existing path intact for varargs methods) and added your test-case. Let me know if the current build does the trick and I'll drop a new release.
May 26, 2007 at 9:46 AM
Hi, of course, as expected, this new code (changeset 22961) works fine in my generic base class scenario too.