Entityframework Join using join method and lambdas

entity-framework join lambda

Question

It seems there are different ways to do joins using linq. One is more straightforward and involves just joining tables like this:

var found = from c in s.categories
            join cm in s.categorymaps on c.CategoryId equals cm.ChildCategoryId
            select c;

There is another way using lambdas and I'm having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to join using this syntax. Can anyone provide links to detailed explanations and lots of examples? Or just simply demonstrate using examples how to use this rather confusing syntax?

var x = _session.All<category>().Join<categorymap,category, ....
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4/28/2014 5:26:16 PM

Popular Answer

Generally i prefer the lambda syntax with LINQ, but Join is one example where i prefer the query syntax - purely for readability.

Nonetheless, here is the equivalent of your above query (i think, untested):

var query = db.Categories         // source
   .Join(db.CategoryMaps,         // target
      c => c.CategoryId,          // FK
      cm => cm.ChildCategoryId,   // PK
      (c, cm) => new { Category = c, CategoryMaps = cm }) // project result
   .Select(x => x.Category);  // select result

You might have to fiddle with the projection depending on what you want to return, but that's the jist of it.

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2/15/2011 11:01:45 PM


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