Project Description

A parser and compiler for a small EXCEL like expression language for .NET applications.

Mastersign.Expression is a small DSL (domain specific language) a little like the MS EXCEL formular language. The purpose is to provide a simple expression language with a set of predefined functions for math and string manipulation. Expressions are parsed via a parser, based on the Sprache parser framework, and compiled via System.Linq.Expressions into a lambda delegate and can therefore used repeatedly with acceptable performance.

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It supports numeric, boolean and string literals, operators for numeric operations, string concatenation, logical combination and comparison. Grouping is done with parantheses. Function calls have a C-style-syntax. Functions, variables, constants, and parameters are provided via an evaluation context, which can be easily extended by the developer.

Mastersign.Expressions comes with a set of predefined functions for math, string manipulation and regular expressions. For detailed description, see Packages.

Expression Examples

  • 1 + 2
  • pi * (100f + 32.0/a)
  • "\tName: " & name
  • "result = " & (sin(pi * 2.0 + x) / 10)

For a detailed description of expression language syntax see Expression Syntax.

Simple Usage Scenario

using System;
using de.mastersign.expressions;
static class Program
    static void Main()
        // create the evaluation context for the expression
        var context = new EvaluationContext();
        // load the default packages with functions and constants (math, string, ...)
        // add a custom variable
        context.SetVariable("x", 4);
        // add a custom function
        context.AddFunction("neg", (Func<double, double>)(v => -v));
        // set parameter list
        context.SetParameters(new ParameterInfo("a", typeof(int)));
        // compile the expression into a lamda delegate
        var function = context.CompileExpression<int>("sin(pi * neg(10 + x)) + a");
        // call the delegate and write the result to the console

Screenshot of the Demo Application


Last edited Mar 21, 2013 at 2:27 PM by cytrek83, version 21