Dynamically select columns in runtime using entity framework

asp.net c# entity-framework formatexception sql

Question

I have an existing function like this

public int sFunc(string sCol , int iId)
{
    string sSqlQuery = "  select  " + sCol + " from TableName where ID = " +  iId ;
    // Executes query and returns value in column sCol
}

The table has four columns to store integer values and I am reading them separately using above function.

Now I am converting it to Entity Framework .

public int sFunc(string sCol , int iId)
{
     return Convert.ToInt32(TableRepository.Entities.Where(x => x.ID == iId).Select(x => sCol ).FirstOrDefault());
}

but the above function returns an error

input string not in correct format

because it returns the column name itself.

I don't know how to solve this as I am very new to EF.

Any help would be appreciated

Thank you

1
7
7/28/2015 7:12:55 PM

Accepted Answer

This might help to solve your problem:

public int sFunc(string sCol, int iId)
{
    var _tableRepository = TableRepository.Entities.Where(x => x.ID == iId).Select(e => e).FirstOrDefault();
    if (_tableRepository == null) return 0;

    var _value = _tableRepository.GetType().GetProperties().Where(a => a.Name == sCol).Select(p => p.GetValue(_tableRepository, null)).FirstOrDefault();

    return _value != null ? Convert.ToInt32(_value.ToString()) : 0;
}

This method now work for dynamically input method parameter sCol.

3
1/13/2014 7:31:07 AM

Popular Answer

You have to try with dynamic LINQ. Details are HERE



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