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Inserting Record on Related Entities Using LINQ

By Dhananjay Kumar on Jun 27, 2011
Here you will see how to insert records for related entities using LINQ

It is a very common scenario that you need to insert rows in related tables using LINQ. Assume you have two tables as below:



Insert a Person with no Office Assignment

If you have a requirement to insert a Person without any Office Assignment then that it is simple to do as shown below:


If you need to insert an Office Assignment while inserting a Person, you can create an instance of an office assignment and insert that as well with the Person as shown below:


Now I have created a function to perform both an insert and an update. If you provide a person Id of 0 then this function will insert a new row else it will update the existing row.


When I tried to call the above function to update Person with ID 1, I encountered the following exception:


To get rid of that exception, you need to call attach with the original entity as well. We need to pass a modified entity as well as an original entity to make a call.


And while attaching you need to call the above function as below:


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Dhananjay Kumar

Dhananjay kumar is 6 times Microsoft MVP, 7 times C# Corner MVP. He works as consultant for Infragistics in India. He is known for mentoring teams on various technologies.

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