NOLOCK with Entity Framework

ado.net c# entity-framework

Question

How can I use the NOLOCK function on Entity Framework? Is XML the only way to do this?

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138
10/18/2019 12:45:44 PM

Accepted Answer

No, but you can start a transaction and set the isolation level to read uncommited. This essentially does the same as NOLOCK, but instead of doing it on a per table basis, it will do it for everything within the scope of the transaction.

If that sounds like what you want, here's how you could go about doing it...

//declare the transaction options
var transactionOptions = new System.Transactions.TransactionOptions();
//set it to read uncommited
transactionOptions.IsolationLevel = System.Transactions.IsolationLevel.ReadUncommitted;
//create the transaction scope, passing our options in
using (var transactionScope = new System.Transactions.TransactionScope(
    System.Transactions.TransactionScopeOption.Required, 
    transactionOptions)
)

//declare our context
using (var context = new MyEntityConnection())
{
    //any reads we do here will also read uncomitted data
    //...
    //...
    //don't forget to complete the transaction scope
    transactionScope.Complete();
}
206
5/23/2017 12:26:36 PM

Popular Answer

Extension methods can make this easier

public static List<T> ToListReadUncommitted<T>(this IQueryable<T> query)
{
    using (var scope = new TransactionScope(
        TransactionScopeOption.Required, 
        new TransactionOptions() { 
            IsolationLevel = System.Transactions.IsolationLevel.ReadUncommitted }))
    {
        List<T> toReturn = query.ToList();
        scope.Complete();
        return toReturn;
    }
}

public static int CountReadUncommitted<T>(this IQueryable<T> query)
{
    using (var scope = new TransactionScope(
        TransactionScopeOption.Required, 
        new TransactionOptions() { 
            IsolationLevel = System.Transactions.IsolationLevel.ReadUncommitted }))
    {
        int toReturn = query.Count();
        scope.Complete();
        return toReturn;
    }
}


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