LINQ to SQL (Part 6 - Retrieving Data Using Stored Procedures)
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by Scott Guthrie
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To SPROC or not to SPROC?  That is the question....

The question of whether to use Dynamic SQL generated by an ORM or instead use Stored Procedures when building a data layer is a topic that generates endless (very passionate) debate amongst developers, architects and DBAs.  A lot of people much smarter than me have written on this topic, so I won't rehash the arguments for and against each side here.

The LINQ to SQL ORM that ships in .NET 3.5 is pretty flexible, and can be used to create data model classes whose object model can be independent of the underlying database schema, and which can encapsulate business logic and validation rules that work regardless of whether the data model is populated/persisted via dynamic SQL or via SPROCs.

In my LINQ to SQL Part 3: Querying our Database post I discussed how you can write LINQ query expressions against a LINQ to SQL data model using code like below:

Figure 1

When you write LINQ query expressions like this the LINQ to SQL ORM will execute the necessary dynamic SQL for you to retrieve Product objects that matches your query.

As you'll learn in this post, you can also optionally map SPROCs in the database to your LINQ to SQL DataContext class, which allows you to alternatively retrieve the same Product objects by calling a stored procedure instead:

Figure 2

This ability to use both dynamic SQL and SPROCs with a clean data model layer is pretty powerful, and provides a great deal of flexibility when working on projects.

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User Comments

Title: Programmer   
Name: Alexander
Date: 2012-11-08 4:51:26 PM
Your Figure or pictures don't show up
Title: Use Teporary table   
Name: Ashok Kumar
Date: 2011-07-16 3:28:51 AM
if we are fetching the combination of table order and product form database then structure of the newly table will not be match with the mapped table order or price details due to column how to handle this

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