There is no noticeable difference in calling a C# instance method directly or dynamically by "string" name, when you use a cached compiled LINQ expression.


In my test case I call a method 1.000.000 times directly and dynamically and both take 1,6s:

namespace Research.UnitTests
using System;
using Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UnitTesting;
using System.Linq;
using System.Linq.Expressions;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Reflection;

public class Research
public void TestWithTiming()
    var watch = new System.Diagnostics.Stopwatch();

    var calculator = new Calculator();           

    // Get "Calculate" method.
    MethodInfo methodInfo = typeof(Calculator).GetMethod("Calculate", new Type[] { typeof(int) });

    // Create parameter "i" for Calculate method.
    ParameterExpression param = Expression.Parameter(typeof(int), "i");           

    // Create "thisParameter" needed to call instance methods.
    var thisParameter = Expression.Constant(calculator);

    // Create an expression for the method call "Calculate" and specify its parameter(s).
    // If the method was a static method, the "thisParameter" must be removed.
    MethodCallExpression methodCall = Expression.Call(thisParameter, methodInfo, param);

    // Create lambda expression from MethodCallExpression.
    Expression<Func<int, string>> lambda = Expression.Lambda<Func<int, string>>(
        new ParameterExpression[] { param }

    // Compile lambda expression to a Func<>.
    Func<int, string> func = lambda.Compile();

    // Dynamically call instance method by "name".
    // Duration: 1620 ms (1,6s).
    for (int i = 0; i < 1000000; i++)
        string result = func(i);

    // Direct call
    // Duration: 1605ms (1,6s)
    for (int i = 0; i < 1000000; i++)
        string result = calculator.Calculate(i);


public class Calculator
public string Calculate(int i)
    string result = string.Empty;

    // Execute some code.
    DateTime now = DateTime.Now;
    DateTime nextDay = now.AddDays(i);
    result = nextDay.ToString();

    return result;

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