How to code summary row in ASP.NET Razor table?

I have a table built out in a Razor view that goes like so:

@foreach (var item in Model)
        <td>@Html.DisplayFor(modelItem => item.column1)</td>

I want to add a summary of the table at the end, something like:

    <td>@Model.Sum(a => a.column1)</td>

That actually works but it doesn't use my data annotations since I'm not using DisplayFor(). I tried placing the Model.Sum within a DisplayFor() but the code doesn't work. Can anyone point me towards a solution?


You could write an HTML helper that examined the property lambda, performed the sum() and utilized your data annotations.

View Model
public class FooViewModel
    [Display( Name = "My Display Name" )]
    public int Bar {

    public string Baz {
@model IEnumerable<FooViewModel>

@* Razor engine prefers this syntax? think generic may confuse it *@
@(Html.SumFor<FooViewModel>( o => o.Bar ))
Helper Extension

This is far from perfect. An improvement would be to allow any type to be summed without having to provide a different method for every summable type.

public static IHtmlString SumFor<TEnumerableItem>( this HtmlHelper helper, 
    Expression<Func<TEnumerableItem, int>> expression ) {

    // get metadata through slightly convoluted means since the model
    // is actually a collection of the type we want to know about

    // lambda examination
    var propertyName = ( (MemberExpression)expression.Body ).Member.Name;

    // property metadata retrieval
    var metadata = ModelMetadataProviders.Current
        .GetMetadataForProperty( null, typeof( TEnumerableItem ), propertyName );

    // make an assumption about the parent model (would be better to enforce 
    // this with a generic constraint somehow)
    var ienum = (IEnumerable<TEnumerableItem>)helper.ViewData.Model;

    // get func from expression
    var f = expression.Compile();

    // perform op
    var sum = ienum.Sum( f );

    // all model metadata is available here for the property and the parent type
    return MvcHtmlString.Create( 
       string.Format( "<div>Sum of {0} is {1}.</div>", metadata.DisplayName, sum )

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