'Contains()' workaround using Linq to Entities?

Question!

I'm trying to create a query which uses a list of ids in the where clause, using the Silverlight ADO.Net Data Services client api (and therefore Linq To Entities). Does anyone know of a workaround to Contains not being supported?

I want to do something like this:

List<long?> txnIds = new List<long?>();
// Fill list 

var q = from t in svc.OpenTransaction
        where txnIds.Contains(t.OpenTransactionId)
        select t;

Tried this:

var q = from t in svc.OpenTransaction
where txnIds.Any<long>(tt => tt == t.OpenTransactionId)
select t;

But got "The method 'Any' is not supported".

By : jbloomer


Answers

In addition to selected answer.

Replace Expression.Or with Expression.OrElse to use with Nhibernate and fix Unable to cast object of type 'NHibernate.Hql.Ast.HqlBitwiseOr' to type 'NHibernate.Hql.Ast.HqlBooleanExpression' exception.



Update: EF ≥ 4 supports Contains directly (Checkout Any), so you don't need any workaround.

public static IQueryable<TEntity> WhereIn<TEntity, TValue>
  (
    this ObjectQuery<TEntity> query,
    Expression<Func<TEntity, TValue>> selector,
    IEnumerable<TValue> collection
  )
{
  if (selector == null) throw new ArgumentNullException("selector");
  if (collection == null) throw new ArgumentNullException("collection");
  if (!collection.Any()) 
    return query.Where(t => false);

  ParameterExpression p = selector.Parameters.Single();

  IEnumerable<Expression> equals = collection.Select(value =>
     (Expression)Expression.Equal(selector.Body,
          Expression.Constant(value, typeof(TValue))));

  Expression body = equals.Aggregate((accumulate, equal) =>
      Expression.Or(accumulate, equal));

  return query.Where(Expression.Lambda<Func<TEntity, bool>>(body, p));
}

//Optional - to allow static collection:
public static IQueryable<TEntity> WhereIn<TEntity, TValue>
  (
    this ObjectQuery<TEntity> query,
    Expression<Func<TEntity, TValue>> selector,
    params TValue[] collection
  )
{
  return WhereIn(query, selector, (IEnumerable<TValue>)collection);
}

USAGE:

public static void Main()
{
  using (MyObjectContext context = new MyObjectContext())
  {
    //Using method 1 - collection provided as collection
    var contacts1 =
      context.Contacts.WhereIn(c => c.Name, GetContactNames());

    //Using method 2 - collection provided statically
    var contacts2 = context.Contacts.WhereIn(c => c.Name,
      "Contact1",
      "Contact2",
      "Contact3",
      "Contact4"
      );
  }
}
By : Shimmy


Sorry new user, I would have commented on the actual answer, but it seems I can't do that yet?

Anyway, in regards to the answer with sample code for BuildContainsExpression(), be aware that if you use that method on database Entities (i.e. not in-memory objects) and you are using IQueryable, that it actually has to go off to the database since it basically does a lot of SQL "or" conditions to check the "where in" clause (run it with SQL Profiler to see).

This can mean, if you are refining an IQueryable with multiple BuildContainsExpression(), it won't turn it in to one SQL statement that gets run at the end as you expect.

The workaround for us was to use multiple LINQ joins to keep it to one SQL call.

By : Shannon


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