Passing an array/table to stored procedure through Entity Framework

c# entity-framework sql-server


I am using Entity Framework with C# to make a Silverlight application. I have written some stored procedures which perform database intensive operations and I need to call them from Entity Framework after passing some parameters. In one of the steps, the users select a list of items for which they would need more details. This list of items (in the form of an array of integer IDs) need to be passed to the stored procedure to retrieve more information about those IDs. How do I pass this parameter to the stored procedure?

7/28/2011 2:53:02 PM

Accepted Answer

You can't pass table-valued parameters to SQL with the Entity Framework.

What you can do is create a delimited string like "1|2|3|4" and create a Split function in SQL that will return a table.

    @RowData nvarchar(2000),
@SplitOn nvarchar(5)
RETURNS @RtnValue table 
Id int identity(1,1),
Data nvarchar(100)
Declare @Cnt int
Set @Cnt = 1

While (Charindex(@SplitOn,@RowData)>0)
    Insert Into @RtnValue (data)
        Data = ltrim(rtrim(Substring(@RowData,1,Charindex(@SplitOn,@RowData)-1)))

    Set @RowData = Substring(@RowData,Charindex(@SplitOn,@RowData)+1,len(@RowData))
    Set @Cnt = @Cnt + 1

Insert Into @RtnValue (data)
Select Data = ltrim(rtrim(@RowData))


Then if you need to do something like select all items from a table based on what is in the delimited string passed to your proc:

SELECT * FROM SomeTable WHERE Id IN (SELECT Id FROM dbo.Split(@DelStr, '|'))
7/28/2011 2:59:08 PM

Popular Answer

If you are using SQL Server, which I assume is the case, you can create use a table valued parameter to do what you wish. Using a table valued parameter prevents you from parsing an input parameter within the stored procedure and removes the threat of a SQL injection attack by eliminating the use of dynamic SQL.

Here is a great blog article that covers how to do what you wish to do.

Using Table-Valued Parameters in SQL Server 2008 and C#

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