TREAT (Entity SQL)

Treats an object of a particular base type as an object of the specified derived type.

Syntax

TREAT ( expression as type)  

Arguments

expression
Any valid query expression that returns an entity.

Note

The type of the specified expression must be a subtype of the specified data type, or the data type must be a subtype of the type of expression.

type
An entity type. The type must be qualified by a namespace.

Note

The specified expression must be a subtype of the specified data type, or the data type must be a subtype of the expression.

Return Value

A value of the specified data type.

Remarks

TREAT is used to perform upcasting between related classes. For example, if Employee derives from Person and p is of type Person, TREAT(p AS NamespaceName.Employee) upcasts a generic Person instance to Employee; that is, it allows you to treat p as Employee.

TREAT is used in inheritance scenarios where you can do a query like the following:

SELECT TREAT(p AS NamespaceName.Employee)  
FROM ContainerName.Person AS p  
WHERE p IS OF (NamespaceName.Employee)   

This query upcasts Person entities to the Employee type. If the value of p is not actually of type Employee, the expression yields the value null.

Note

The specified expressionEmployeemust be a subtype of the specified data type Person, or the data type must be a subtype of the expression. Otherwise, the expression will result in a compile-time error.

The following table shows the behavior of treat over some typical patterns and some less common patterns. All exceptions are thrown from the client side before the provider gets invoked:

Pattern Behavior
TREAT (null AS EntityType) Returns DbNull.
TREAT (null AS ComplexType) Throws an exception.
TREAT (null AS RowType) Throws an exception/
TREAT (EntityType AS EntityType) Returns EntityType or null.
TREAT (ComplexType AS ComplexType) Throws an exception.
TREAT (RowType AS RowType) Throws an exception.

Example

The following Entity SQL query uses the TREAT operator to convert an object of the type Course to a collection of objects of the type OnsiteCourse. The query is based on the School Model.

SELECT VALUE TREAT (course as SchoolModel.OnsiteCourse) 
   FROM SchoolEntities.Courses as course
   WHERE course IS OF( SchoolModel.OnsiteCourse)

See Also

Entity SQL Reference
Nullable Structured Types