Extending System.Data.Linq.DataContext

By : Kezzer
Source: Stackoverflow.com

I have a class reflecting my dbml file which extends DataContext, but for some strange reason it's telling me

System.Data.Linq.DataContext' does not contain a constructor that takes '0' arguments"

I've followed various tutorials on this and haven't encountered this problem, and VS doesn't seem to able to fix it.

Here's my implementation

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.Linq;
using System.Data.Linq.Mapping;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Text;
using IntranetMvcAreas.Areas.Accounts.Models;

namespace IntranetMvcAreas
  partial class ContractsControlDataContext : DataContext
    public IMultipleResults procCC_Contract_Select(
        [Parameter(Name = "ContractID", DbType = "Int")] System.Nullable<int> ContractID,
        [Parameter(Name = "ResponsibilityKey", DbType = "Int")] System.Nullable<int> ResponsibilityKey,
        [Parameter(Name = "ExpenseType", DbType = "Char")] System.Nullable<char> ExpenseType,
        [Parameter(Name = "SupplierID", DbType = "Int")] System.Nullable<int> SupplierID)

      IExecuteResult result = this.ExecuteMethodCall(this, (MethodInfo)(MethodInfo.GetCurrentMethod()), ContractID, ResponsibilityKey, ExpenseType, SupplierID);
      return (IMultipleResults)result.ReturnValue;

And it's ContractsControlDataContext that's pointed at as the problem

(btw, this has no relation to a very recent post I made, it's just I'm working on the same thing)


It's probably worth clarifying this, so please read very carefully.

If you do not extend DataContext in the partial class, then ExecuteMethodCall isn't accessible.

'Intranet.ContractsControlDataContext' does not contain a definition for 'ExecuteMethodCall' and no extension method 'ExecuteMethodCall' accepting a first argument of type 'Intranet.ContractsControlDataContext' could be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)

Maybe I'm missing something incredibly stupid?


I think perhaps Visual Studio struggled here, but I've relied entirely on auto-generated code. When right clicking on the database modeling language design view and hitting "View Code" it automagically creates a partial class for you within a specific namespace, however, this namespace was wrong. If someone could clarify this for me I would be most appreciative.

The .designer.cs file sits in namespace Intranet.Areas.Accounts.Models, however the .cs file (partial class generated for the .designer.cs file by Visual Studio) was in namespace Intranet. Easy to spot for someone more experienced in this area than me.

The real problem now is, who's answer do I mark as correct? Because many of you contributed to finding this issue.

By : Kezzer


@Sander: I think you were on the right track. Instead of using a partial class and implementing the function for the sproc I instead followed this blog and used the *.designer.cs file for implementing it. Whilst I'm still experiencing problems with invalid type casting it did get rid of the original problem.

By : Kezzer

The behavior of the generator regarding constructors is controlled, to some extent, by the Connection properties of the DBML. If Application Settings is True, and there is a settings property name, it will generate a constructor that reads the connection string from the Application Settings of the assembly. If there is a connection string, it will generate a constructor with a hardcoded connection string in the .designer.cs file. If there is neither, it will not generate a constructor without a connection string parameter, and you can safely provide a parameter-less constructor in a partial class without causing a conflict.

These settings changes don't survive a round trip of the schema from the database, but I simply clear the connection settings from the properties after making changes and before I save the DBML.

By : cdonner

David Basarab's answer is correct and should be marked as the answer.

Your class is not providing any constructor, so a default constructor is provided. Default constructors for derived classes can only be provided if the base class has a parameterless constructor. However, the DataContext class which is your base class in this example does not provide a parameterless constructor. This explains the error message the compiler returned to you.



class A {
    public A(string s) {

class B : A {

An attempt to compile that returns an error in class B:

'A' does not contain a constructor that takes '0' arguments

By : mvr

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