Using LINQ with ASP.NET (Part 1)
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by Scott Guthrie
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Step 1: Creating your first ASP.NET page using LINQ

Create a new page called Step1.aspx.  Within the .aspx page add a GridView control like so:

Listing 2

<%@ Page Language="C#" CodeFile="Step1.aspx.cs" Inherits="Step1" %>
<html>
<body>
    <form id="form1"runat="server">
    <div>    
        <h1>City Names</h1>    
        <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server">
        </asp:GridView>    
    </div>
    </form>
</body>
</html>

Within the code-behind file we’ll then write the canonical “hello world” LINQ sample – which involves searching and ordering a list of strings:

Listing 3

using System;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Query;
public partial class Step1 : System.Web.UI.Page
{
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        string[] cities = { "London""Amsterdam""San Francisco""Las Vegas",
                            "Boston""Raleigh""Chicago""Charlestown", 
                            "Helsinki""Nice""Dublin" };
 
        GridView1.DataSource = from city in cities
                               where city.Length > 4
                               orderby city 
                               select city.ToUpper();
 
        GridView1.DataBind();
    }
}

In the above sample I’ve created an array of strings listing the cities I’ve visited from Jan->May of this year.   I’m then using a LINQ query expression against the array.  This query expression returns all cities where the city name is greater than 4 characters, and orders the result in alphabetical order and transforms those city names into upper case.

 

LINQ queries return results of type: IEnumerable<T> -- where <T> is determined by the object type of the “select” clause.  In the above sample “city” is a string, so the type-safe result is a generics based collection like so:

Listing 4

        IEnumerable<string> result = from city in cities
                                     where city.Length > 4
                                     orderby city 
                                     select city.ToUpper();

 

Because ASP.NET controls already support databinding to any IEnumerable collection, we can easily assign this LINQ query result to the GridView and call its DataBind() method to generate this page output result:

Figure 3

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Note that instead of using the GridView control I could have just as easily used the <asp:repeater>, <asp:datalist>, <asp:dropdownlist>, or any other ASP.NET list control (both those built-into the product or ones built by other developers).  For the purposes of these samples I’m just going to use the <asp:gridview> -- but again know that you can use any. 


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User Comments

Title: linq   
Name: rohit
Date: 2012-10-11 5:04:12 AM
Comment:
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Title: Linq   
Name: hanston
Date: 2012-06-04 2:02:15 PM
Comment:
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Title: Language Integrated Query   
Name: Daniel Kamroon
Date: 2012-03-14 7:22:12 AM
Comment:
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http://mindstick.com/Articles/9ca8fabd-49ef-4e4d-855b-74fc523d9138/?LINQ%20%28Language%20Integrated%20Query%29
http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/188935/LINQ-Demo-with-ASP-NET-Web-Application

Lastly, I would like to say thanks to everyone for your precious post.
Title: Sql Linq -simple query   
Name: Manish Vala
Date: 2011-02-12 4:23:52 AM
Comment:
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
//DateTime d = DateTime.Now;

string[] Name = {" Manish"," Sunil", "Rohan", "Ashok", "Mahendra" };

GridView1.DataSource = from name in Name where name.Length > 5 orderby name select name.ToUpper();
GridView1.DataBind();}
Title: SQL LINQ-A query   
Name: Subhashini Janakiraman
Date: 2010-12-16 2:48:23 AM
Comment:
In the statement below which you have used,I want to know what Northwind refers to.Is it a dataset or a class?.Please reply me so.
Northwind db=new Northwind();
Title: thanks alot   
Name: avrail
Date: 2010-09-26 1:38:46 AM
Comment:
thanks a lot for this article
Title: Using LINQ with ASP.NET   
Name: S.Kumar
Date: 2010-04-08 3:52:48 PM
Comment:
Really a nice article, gave me a nice overview about LINQ
Title: er   
Name: sdf
Date: 2009-11-14 5:46:55 AM
Comment:
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
string[] cities = { "London", "Amsterdam", "San Francisco", "Las Vegas",
"Boston", "Raleigh", "Chicago", "Charlestown",
"Helsinki", "Nice", "Dublin" };

GridView1.DataSource = from city in cities
where city.Length > 4
orderby city
select city.ToUpper();

GridView1.DataBind();
}
Title: nice   
Name: vice
Date: 2009-11-14 5:45:23 AM
Comment:
GridView1.DataSource = from city in cities
where city.Length > 4
orderby city
select city.ToUpper();
Title: jeyakumar   
Name: jayakumar
Date: 2009-11-14 5:40:46 AM
Comment:
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Title: ok   
Name: kumar
Date: 2009-11-14 5:37:29 AM
Comment:
nice but not understand
Title: Topics   
Name: Dhanya
Date: 2009-10-19 6:09:06 AM
Comment:
I am not understand this topics..
Title: Trying To Get a Handle On This LINQ Stuff   
Name: Vibha Kant Pandey
Date: 2009-04-21 3:05:18 AM
Comment:
This article really enabled me to understand the concept of linq. the only problem i faced with this article is that i was not redirected to the correct place to download Linq May ctp
Title: About LINQs in ASP.NET   
Name: SitaRamReddy.Vempada
Date: 2009-04-01 5:47:16 AM
Comment:
This article help me a lot in LINQ concept, I thank to all who are in this unit

Thanks & Regards,
srvempada
Title: Using LINQ with ASP.NET (Part 1)   
Name: joseph jelasker
Date: 2009-03-28 1:52:20 AM
Comment:
This article really enabled me to understand the concept of linq. the only problem i faced with this article is that i was not redirected to the correct place to download Linq May ctp


Thanks a lot
Title: LINQ in 2005 and 2008   
Name: Manigandan
Date: 2008-12-16 6:38:07 AM
Comment:
1.We are having this LINQ concept in VS2005 itself...
What is extra facility added in VS2008.

2.If i want to install LINQ separately in VS2005, What is the software that i have to install?
Title: Good one   
Name: Shailendra
Date: 2008-12-09 2:24:22 AM
Comment:
Thanks for all, its very easy to know about linq from these articles.

thanks once again
Title: Trying To Get a Handle On This LINQ Stuff   
Name: D Wiley
Date: 2008-11-21 9:21:36 AM
Comment:
This is on of the best walkthroughs I have seen on the subject.
Title: Leraning LINQ   
Name: Manjeev kumar singh
Date: 2008-10-03 4:00:41 AM
Comment:
This one is most useful article LINQ on web. its really good start for how is beginner in LINQ....
Really thanks
Title: Using Richer Collections   
Name: Nithya K
Date: 2008-09-18 6:58:04 AM
Comment:
Now i got .Its my mistake.
It is very useful
Title: Using Richer Collections   
Name: Nithya K
Date: 2008-09-18 6:00:18 AM
Comment:
i got an error while executing
Title: Using Richer Collections   
Name: Nithya K
Date: 2008-09-18 5:53:19 AM
Comment:
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Title: Leraning LINQ   
Name: vanitha
Date: 2008-09-16 1:31:46 AM
Comment:
Very useful in learning the basic concepts of LINQ.
Title: Using LINQ with ASP.NET   
Name: Durai karthik M
Date: 2008-03-15 7:20:50 AM
Comment:
Very clear to understand the LINQ concept . Keep up the good work
Title: -   
Name: martin
Date: 2008-01-21 4:41:46 AM
Comment:
The images aren't shown... you need to remake the picture HTML






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