How to specify condition on joined entities

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  1. Vladimir
    Vladimir avatar
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    Nov 2012

    Posted 28 Jan 2013 Link to this post

    I would like to write following SQL statement in LINQ. Is there any way how to achive it in OpenAccess?

    (Let's assume I have two classes in my model - Order and OrderItem. A class Order has navigation property - collection of OrderItems)

    SELECT * FROM Orders AS o
    LEFT JOIN OrderItems AS oi ON (oi.OrderId = o.Id AND oi.State = 3)
    WHERE o.UserId = 2

    The point is to have only Orders for given user and, moreover, in navigation properties of these orders, only order items having State == 3 should be included.  

    Could such a query be written via LINQ in OpenAccess? Thanks for any advice.
  2. Answer
    Doroteya avatar
    498 posts

    Posted 04 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Hi Vladimir,

    As discussed in the support thread, in order to solve the problem, two approaches were suggested:

    1) Using the Low Level (ADO) API
    Since Telerik OpenAccess ORM currently supports only the typical join operator, the execution of left join queries is available thanks to the Low Level ADO API. It offers means to set up the necessary select statement and its parameters, and to execute it via the ExecuteQuery<T>() method of OpenAccessContext. The data retrieved from the database, could be materialized to either an anonymous or a strongly typed result set (step-by-step description of the approach here).

    The following code snippet demonstrates the approach. It uses the Northwind database and the result from the query is materialized to a predefined Result class.
    using (EntitiesModel dbContext = new EntitiesModel())
        using (OAConnection oaConnection = dbContext.Connection)
            string SqlQueryString =  @"SELECT * FROM Orders AS o" +
                          @" LEFT JOIN [Order Details] AS oi ON " +
                          @"(oi.OrderID = o.OrderID " +
                          @"AND oi.ProductID = @product) " +
                          @"WHERE o.EmployeeID = @emp";
            using (OACommand oaCommand = oaConnection.CreateCommand())
                OAParameter[] oaParams = new[]
                        new OAParameter
                            ParameterName = @"product",
                            DbType = System.Data.DbType.Int32,
                            Value = 1
                        new OAParameter
                            ParameterName = @"emp",
                            DbType = System.Data.DbType.Int32,
                            Value = 1
                IEnumerable<Result> carDetails = dbContext.
                    ExecuteQuery<Result>(SqlQueryString, oaParams);

    The definition of the Result class:
    public class Result
        public int OrderID { get; set; }
        public string CustomerID { get; set; }
        public int? EmployeeID { get; set; }
        public DateTime? OrderDate { get; set; }
        public DateTime? RequiredDate { get; set; }
        public DateTime? ShippedDate { get; set; }
        public int? ShipVia { get; set; }
        public decimal? Freight { get; set; }
        public string ShipName { get; set; }
        public string ShipAddress { get; set; }
        public string ShipCity { get; set; }
        public string ShipRegion { get; set; }
        public string ShipPostalCode { get; set; }
        public string ShipCountry { get; set; }
        public int ProductID { get; set; }
        public decimal UnitPrice { get; set; }
        public short Quantity { get; set; }
        public float Discount { get; set; }

    Note: The result set in this case would be read-only and cannot be persisted in the database after the changes you might want to make.

    2) LINQ Statement and Grouping
    The solution utilizes your database schema and selects from the OrderItems table, filters the result according to some criteria and then groups the result by the returned Orders. The result is materialized to an anonymous type where the key from the grouping is cast to Orders and the result itself is assigned to a list of OrderItems.
    using (EntitiesModel dbContext = new EntitiesModel())
        FetchStrategy fetchStrategy = new FetchStrategy();
        fetchStrategy.LoadWith<OrderItem>(o => o.Order);
        dbContext.FetchStrategy = fetchStrategy;
        var result = (from oi in dbContext.OrderItems
                    where oi.State == 1 && oi.Order.UserID == 1
                    group oi by oi.Order into g
                    select new
                        Order = g.Key,
                        Items = g

    Note: In order to reduce the number of the queries executed against the database, the solution involves the usage of our FetchStrategy class. What it basically does is to retrieve not only the requested object but also the objects related to it. More on the subject is available here.

    If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to get back to us.

    the Telerik team
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