Getting the default value for a Type

Sometimes we need to get a default value for an specific type but we only know the type in runtime, then we can not use default(T). One way to do this is to use a simple extension method:

public static object DefaultValue(this Type type)
    return Expression.Lambda(Expression.Default(type)).Compile().DynamicInvoke();

As you can see it is a simple Expression tree that returns the default value for the type.

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