### WEBINAR:

On-Demand

Full Text Search: The Key to Better Natural Language Queries for NoSQL in Node.js

**Lambda Expressions**
In VB 9.0, a Lambda expression is a nameless function that evaluates a single expression and returns its value. Consider the following function:

```
Private Function CubeRoot(ByVal num As Single) As Double
Return Math.Pow(num, 1 / 3)
End Function
```

Before, you'd call the

CubeRoot() function using this argument:

```
MsgBox(CubeRoot(8)) '---returns 2---
```

Using a Lambda expression, you can rewrite and call the

CubeRoot() function as follows:

```
Dim CubeRoot = Function(num As Single) Math.Pow(num, 1 / 3)
MsgBox(CubeRoot(8)) '---returns 2---
```

A Lambda expression is defined using the

Function keyword, followed by its parameter and then the single expression within the function. Note that it is optional to specify the parameter type and there is no need to specify the return type. The above Lambda expression can be rewritten as:

```
Dim CubeRoot = Function(num) Math.Pow(num, 1 / 3)
```

The above Lambda expression uses type inferencing to determine the Lambda expression. You can also explicitly define a Lambda expression using the

Func keyword, like this:

```
Dim CubeRoot As Func(Of Single, Double) = _
Function(num As Single) Math.Pow(num, 1 / 3)
```

Here, you use the

Of keyword to specify the type of parameter(s) and their return type. The rightmost parameter always specifies the return type; in this case, the return type is

Double. The parameters on the left then specify the input parameters. In this case, there is only one input parameter of type

Single.

The following Lambda expression has no input parameters and returns a Boolean value:

```
Dim ReturnTrue As Func(Of Boolean) = Function() True
```

The following Lambda expression has two input parameters of type

Integer and returns a

Double value:

```
Dim Multiply As Func(Of Integer, Integer, Double) = Function(a, b) a * b
```

A Lambda expression can also return another Lambda expression. Consider the following expression:

```
Dim AddConstant = Function(constant) Function(y) constant + y
```

To better understand the above Lambda expression, rewrite it as follows:

```
Dim AddConstant = Function(constant) _
Function(y) constant + y
```

As you can see, the

AddConstant expression takes in a single argument and returns another Lambda expression, which is:

```
Function(y) constant + y
```

To use the

AddConstant expression, you can call it using the following:

```
Dim z = AddConstant(4)
MsgBox(z(7)) '---prints out 11---
```

Here,

z is another function that you can call with a single argument. By calling the

AddConstant function with the argument

4, z is essentially:

```
Function(y) 4 + y
```

Therefore, whatever value you pass into

z will be added to the value

4, which in this case the return value is

11.

Lambda expressions are useful in cases where you need to pass in a function for a parameter whose type is delegate. For example, suppose you have an array of controls:

```
Dim allControls As Control() = _
{Button1, CheckBox1, Button2, CheckBox2}
```

To retrieve all the

CheckBox controls within this array, you can use one of the many extension methods available for the array (see

Figure 5).

**Figure 5.**** Methods:** The List of extension methods for an array. | |
**Figure 6.**** View the Connection Details:** After specifying the database properties, you should see the data connection details. |

The Where() extension method takes in a Lambda expression that allows you to test each element of the array for a specific condition (see Figure 6).

You can use the following Lambda expression to retrieve all the CheckBox controls in the array:

```
Dim checkBoxes = allControls.Where(Function(c) TypeOf c Is CheckBox)
```

**More to Come!**

This is only a partial list of the new features in VB 9.0. Be sure to download the trial edition of Visual Studio 2008 (or download the various free Expression editions) if you have yet to experience the power of all these language extensions. And stay tuned for Part 2 to delve into the opportunities provided by VB 9.0's LINQ support.