In this article we would learn how to use the Create Query Method in LINQ such that we can create SQL like queries .
This would be particularly useful for those who are used to working in SQL and hence feel LINQ queries are alien to them .
The first step is create a new project lets say a Console Application . And add a ADO.Net Entity Data Model . if you are following my articles , I have explained this step so many times so from now on I will skip explaining this step.
Ok we have added the ADO.Net Entity Data Model . And our Data Model is now ready .
Now lets use the Context object created in the Data Model to create our Query.
The code in the Program class would like as below :
Entities context = new Entities();
Now lets create our Query :
Below is a simple query :
string queryString = @"Select VALUE c From Entities. PRODUCT As c";
I have highlighted all the keywords . This is pretty easy actually . Once you get used to it .
The SQL version of this Query is :
Select * from PRODUCT
Okay so we have written our query . Now lets pass it to the CreateQuery() Method and get the Output .
The syntax to pass the Query is given below :
ObjectQuery<PRODUCT> contactQuery = context.CreateQuery<PRODUCT>(queryString,
In our case there are no parameters to be passed hence I have just said new ObjectParameter("","") as the second parameter . Passing a Null would throw a error at runtime .
When we run the Program, contactQuery will now have all the data we need .
Similarly we could also implement the Joins using custom Query . The syntax for the custom Joins is given below :
string queryString = @"Select VALUE d.Company_ID
From Entities.PRODUCT As c
Join Entities.COMPANY As d
On d.Company_ID == c.Company_ID";
In this article we just saw how to implement SQL like queries in .Net using LINQ . Happy Coding