Linq Query continues to generate errors "A constant variable of type System could not be created. Object ", Why?

.net c# entity-framework linq winforms

Question

The following is the code sample:

private void loadCustomer(int custIdToQuery) 
    {
        var dbContext = new SampleDB();
        try
        {
            var customerContext = from t in dbContext.tblCustomers      // keeps throwing:
                                   where t.CustID.Equals(custIdToQuery) // Unable to create a constant value of type 'System.Object'. 
                                   select new                           // Only primitive types ('such as Int32, String, and Guid') 
                                   {                                    // are supported in this context.
                                       branchId = t.CustomerBranchID,   //
                                       branchName = t.BranchName        //
                                   };                                   //

            if (customerContext.ToList().Count() < 1) //Already Tried customerContext.Any()
            {
                lstbCustomers.DataSource = customerContext;
                lstbCustomers.DisplayMember = "branchName";
                lstbCustomers.ValueMember = "branchId";
            }
            else
            {
                lstbCustomers.Items.Add("There are no branches defined for the selected customer.");
                lstbCustomers.Refresh();
            }
        }
        catch (Exception ex)
        {
            MessageBox.Show(ex.Message);
        }
        finally
        {
            dbContext.Dispose();
        }
    }

i am unable to understand what am i doing wrong. I keep getting "Unable to create a constant value of type 'System.Object'. Only primitive types ('such as Int32, String, and Guid') are supported in this context."

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93
1/4/2011 10:05:51 AM

Accepted Answer

Use == instead of Equals:

where t.CustID == custIdToQuery

If the types are incorrect you may find that this doesn't compile.

229
1/4/2011 10:08:24 AM

Popular Answer

I had the same issue with a nullable int. Using == instead works nicely, but if you want to use .Equals, you can compare it to the value of the nullable variable, so

where t.CustID.Value.Equals(custIdToQuery)


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