Entity Framework Code-First Execute Scalar-Valued Functions

c# code-first entity-framework

Question

How can I execute a scalar function using code first? Below is what I have tried but only the query itself is being returned, not the return value.

using (var dbContext = new FTTRContext())
        {

            queryResult =
                dbContext.Database.SqlQuery<string>("SELECT [dbo].[ufnGetTotalUsers] (GETDATE())").ToString();
        }
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6/3/2014 1:47:06 AM

Accepted Answer

SqlQuery returns an instance of DbRawSqlQuery. This class is an enumerable and it expects you to enumerate it via either the standard LINQ operators, or via foreach, etc. .ToString() on this object simply returns the query that will be executed. To get the result you want, use .Single() or .SingleAsync().

queryResult = dbContext.Database
    .SqlQuery<string>("SELECT [dbo].[ufnGetTotalUsers] (GETDATE())")
    .Single();

This should return the scalar string result you are looking for.

That being said, your query looks like invalid SQL. Are you just trying to just get the date from SQL Server? If so, the query should probably be SELECT GETDATE(). Once you do that, you might have to use .SqlQuery<DateTime>() since the type of that value is not a string.

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6/3/2014 1:50:32 AM


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