Accepted answer

I finally finished it up. I guess it just took patience and trial and error a lot. To help anyone who would like to do the same. I had to limit myself to a certain property count.. which can be added easily.

Here's the code :

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Linq.Expressions;

public static class IQueryableExtensions
    public static IEnumerable<TModel> SelectAndAssign<TModel>(this IQueryable<TModel> source, Expression<Func<TModel, object>> assigner) where TModel : class, new()
        //get typed body of original expression
        var originalBody = (MemberInitExpression)assigner.Body;

        //list to store the new bindings we're creating for new expression
        var newExpressionBindings = new List<MemberBinding>();
        var newExpressionReturnType = typeof(AnonymousType<TModel>);

        //new param
        var parameter = Expression.Parameter(typeof(TModel), "x");

        //base binding
        newExpressionBindings.Add(Expression.Bind(newExpressionReturnType.GetProperty("Item"), parameter));

        //go through all the original expression's bindings
        for (var i = 0; i < originalBody.Bindings.Count; i++)
            var originalBinding = (MemberAssignment)originalBody.Bindings[i];
            var originalExpression = originalBinding.Expression;

            var memberType = originalBinding.Expression.Type;

            //create delegate based on the member type
            var originalLambdaDelegate = typeof(Func<,>).MakeGenericType(typeof(TModel), memberType);

            //create lambda from that delegate
            var originalLambda = Expression.Lambda(originalLambdaDelegate, originalExpression, assigner.Parameters[0]);

            //create a AnonymousVar<MemberType> from the type of the member ( to please EF unable to assign bool to object directly ) 
            //start with getting the generic type
            var genericMemberType = typeof(AnonymousVar<>).MakeGenericType(memberType);
            //then create teh delegate
            var genericMemberTypeDelegate = typeof(Func<>).MakeGenericType(genericMemberType);
            //Now create an expression with a binding for that object to assign its Property ( strongly typed now from the generic declaration )
            var genericInstantiationExpression = Expression.New(genericMemberType);
            //the binding.. using the original expression expression
            var genericInstantiationBinding = Expression.Bind(genericMemberType.GetProperty("Property"), originalLambda.Body);
            // create the body
            var genericInstantiationBody = Expression.MemberInit(genericInstantiationExpression, genericInstantiationBinding);

            //now we need to recreate a lambda for this
            var newBindingExpression = Expression.Lambda(genericMemberTypeDelegate, genericInstantiationBody);

            //Create the binding and add it to the new expression bindings
            newExpressionBindings.Add(Expression.Bind(newExpressionReturnType.GetProperty("Property" + (i + 1)), newBindingExpression.Body));

        //start creating the new expression
        var expression = Expression.New(newExpressionReturnType);

        //create new expression body with bindings
        var body = Expression.MemberInit(expression, newExpressionBindings);

        //The actual new expression lambda
        var newLambda = Expression.Lambda<Func<TModel, AnonymousType<TModel>>>(body, parameter);

        // replace old lambda param with new one
        var replacer = new ParameterReplacer(assigner.Parameters[0], newLambda.Parameters[0]); // replace old lambda param with new

        //new lambda with fixed params
        newLambda = Expression.Lambda<Func<TModel, AnonymousType<TModel>>>(replacer.Visit(newLambda.Body), newLambda.Parameters[0]);

        //now that we have all we need form the server, we materialize the list
        var materialized = source.Select(newLambda).ToList();

        //typed return parameter
        var typedReturnParameter = Expression.Parameter(typeof(AnonymousType<TModel>), "x");

        //Lets assign all those custom properties back into the original object type
        var expressionLines = new List<Expression>();
        for (var i = 0; i < originalBody.Bindings.Count; i++)
            var originalBinding = (MemberAssignment)originalBody.Bindings[i];
            var itemPropertyExpression = Expression.Property(typedReturnParameter, "Item");
            var bindingPropertyExpression = Expression.Property(itemPropertyExpression, originalBinding.Member.Name);

            var memberType = originalBinding.Expression.Type;
            var valuePropertyExpression = Expression.Convert(Expression.Property(typedReturnParameter, "Property" + (i + 1)), typeof(AnonymousVar<>).MakeGenericType(memberType));
            var memberValuePropertyExpression = Expression.Property(valuePropertyExpression, "Property");

            var equalExpression = Expression.Assign(bindingPropertyExpression, memberValuePropertyExpression);
        var returnTarget = Expression.Label(typeof(TModel));
        expressionLines.Add(Expression.Return(returnTarget, Expression.Property(typedReturnParameter, "Item")));
        expressionLines.Add(Expression.Label(returnTarget, Expression.Constant(null, typeof(TModel))));
        var finalExpression = Expression.Block(expressionLines);

        var typedReturnLambda = Expression.Lambda<Func<AnonymousType<TModel>, TModel>>(finalExpression, typedReturnParameter).Compile();

        return materialized.Select(typedReturnLambda);

    class AnonymousVar<TModel>
        public TModel Property { get; set; }

    class AnonymousType<TModel>
        public TModel Item { get; set; }

        public object Property1 { get; set; }
        public object Property2 { get; set; }
        public object Property3 { get; set; }
        public object Property4 { get; set; }
        public object Property5 { get; set; }
        public object Property6 { get; set; }
        public object Property7 { get; set; }
        public object Property8 { get; set; }
        public object Property9 { get; set; }
        public object Property10 { get; set; }
        public object Property11 { get; set; }
        public object Property12 { get; set; }
        public object Property13 { get; set; }
        public object Property14 { get; set; }
        public object Property15 { get; set; }
        public object Property16 { get; set; }
        public object Property17 { get; set; }
        public object Property18 { get; set; }
        public object Property19 { get; set; }
        public object Property20 { get; set; }

    class ParameterReplacer : ExpressionVisitor
        private ParameterExpression from;
        private ParameterExpression to;

        public ParameterReplacer(ParameterExpression from, ParameterExpression to)
            this.from = from;
   = to;
        protected override Expression VisitParameter(ParameterExpression node)
            return base.VisitParameter(node == this.from ? : node);

Related Query

More Query from same tag