dapper PropInfo Setter for inherited EntitySet from abstract class reference is null

.net abstract-class c# dapper reflection


I am trying to replace a nasty LINQ 2 SQL hit with some dapper queries to improve performanace. In doing so I have to weave a bunch of different objects together in order to create the big object required to hold all the information I need for ASN information.

The current problem I am having is with an abstract class Orders, this class is implemented by two seperate classes AutionOrder and MerchantOrder using a discriminator property.

Since I cannot use dapper to create a object that is an abstract class I am instead using one of the public classes. however when it goes to build the object it is failing inside of GetSettableProps it is finding the proper DeclaringType but the GetProperty method is returning null when it is looking for an property that is internal or is an EntitySet. I've tried to hack around it using t.BaseType.GetProperty as well as p.GetAccessors().First().GetBaseDefinition().DeclaringType.GetProperty(p.Name).GetSetMethod(true) with no success.

dummy objects:


OrderID, Name, Address, RowVersion(internal), Shipments(EntitySet),OrderDetails(EntitySet), Customer(EntityRef)


ShipmentID, OrderID, TrackingNumber


OrderDetailID, OrderID, Product, QTY, Price


CustomerID, Name,

For this particular SQL hit I am trying to grab some of the 1 to 1 relationship mappings I need.

SELECT o.* from Orders as o left join Customers as c on o.CustomerID = c.CustomerID where o.OrderID in (1,2,3);

This is what I am using to utilize dapper and let it do it's magic:

using (var connection = new SqlConnection(_ConnectionString))
    results = connection.Query<MerchantOrder, MerchantCustomer, MerchantOrder>(sql.ToString(),
        (o, c) => { o.Customer = c; return o; },
        splitOn: "CustomerID");

If I change Order to be a public class this problem goes away though, but this is not a desired side-effect. It is failing when trying to set the propInfo for RowVersion - switching this to public instead of internal solved this problem - although not desired. But then it fails when it is trying to create the Shipments objects for Order. Again none of this is an issue when Order is a public class.

Also I am doing separate queries to pull in Many to one relationships such as Shipments to Orders and OrderDetails to Orders and normalizing the results into a proper Order Object. MerchantOrder is pretty much an empty class with no real special logic. The discriminating different here is just how we end up finding the CustomerID which is abstracted away prior to the actual SQL hit anyway.

Also I am using the latest version of dapper as of 12/20/2011.

I really like dapper, but this problem is making my head asplode - so thanks for the help!

Accepted Answer

This was a bug, that is now fixed in trunk:

public class AbstractInheritance
        public abstract class Order
            internal int Internal { get; set; }
            protected int Protected { get; set; }
            public int Public { get; set; }

            public int ProtectedVal { get { return Protected; } }

        public class ConcreteOrder : Order
            public int Concrete { get; set; }

    // http://stackoverflow.com/q/8593871
    public void TestAbstractInheritance() 
        var order = connection.Query<AbstractInheritance.ConcreteOrder>("select 1 Internal,2 Protected,3 [Public],4 Concrete").First();



One side note is that, by design, we do not set private fields or properties in the base classes. The behaviour can be magical and not consistent.


class A { private int a {get; set;} }
class B : A { private int a {get; set;} } 
class C: B {} 

// What should "select 1 a" do? Set it on A? Set it on B? Set it on Both? Set it on neither?

We went with "set it on neither"

Popular Answer

I think is not possible (because of the abstract class) without modifying your code.

I had a similar problem and ended up creating a new object private to the assembly where I have my repositories that derived from the abstract base class.

This class is not abstract and only visible to the repository class that stores the data, this class had all the required methods for the actual table.

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