Query Expression Syntax Examples: Element Operators (LINQ to DataSet)

The examples in this topic demonstrate how to use the First and ElementAt methods to get DataRow elements from a DataSet using the query expression syntax.

The FillDataSet method used in these examples is specified in Loading Data Into a DataSet.

The examples in this topic use the Contact, Address, Product, SalesOrderHeader, and SalesOrderDetail tables in the AdventureWorks sample database.

The examples in this topic use the following using/Imports statements:

using System;
using System.Linq;
using System.Linq.Expressions;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Data.Common;
using System.Globalization;
Option Explicit On

Imports System
Imports System.Linq
Imports System.Linq.Expressions
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.Data
Imports System.Data.SqlClient
Imports System.Data.Common
Imports System.Globalization

For more information, see How to: Create a LINQ to DataSet Project In Visual Studio.

ElementAt

Example

This example uses the ElementAt method to retrieve the fifth address where PostalCode == "M4B 1V7".

// Fill the DataSet.
DataSet ds = new DataSet();
ds.Locale = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture;
FillDataSet(ds);

DataTable addresses = ds.Tables["Address"];

var fifthAddress = (
    from address in addresses.AsEnumerable()
    where address.Field<string>("PostalCode") == "M4B 1V7"
    select address.Field<string>("AddressLine1"))
.ElementAt(5);

Console.WriteLine("Fifth address where PostalCode = 'M4B 1V7': {0}",
    fifthAddress);
' Fill the DataSet.
Dim ds As New DataSet()
ds.Locale = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture
' See the FillDataSet method in the Loading Data Into a DataSet topic.
FillDataSet(ds)

Dim addresses As DataTable = ds.Tables("Address")

Dim fifthAddress = ( _
    From address In addresses.AsEnumerable() _
    Where address.Field(Of String)("PostalCode") = "M4B 1V7" _
    Select address.Field(Of String)("AddressLine1")).ElementAt(5)

Console.WriteLine("Fifth address where PostalCode = 'M4B 1V7': " & _
        fifthAddress)

First

Example

This example uses the First method to return the first contact whose first name is 'Brooke'.

// Fill the DataSet.
DataSet ds = new DataSet();
ds.Locale = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture;
FillDataSet(ds);

DataTable contacts = ds.Tables["Contact"];

DataRow query = (
    from contact in contacts.AsEnumerable()
    where (string)contact["FirstName"] == "Brooke"
    select contact)
    .First();

Console.WriteLine("ContactID: " + query.Field<int>("ContactID"));
Console.WriteLine("FirstName: " + query.Field<string>("FirstName"));
Console.WriteLine("LastName: " + query.Field<string>("LastName"));
' Fill the DataSet.
Dim ds As New DataSet()
ds.Locale = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture
' See the FillDataSet method in the Loading Data Into a DataSet topic.
FillDataSet(ds)

Dim contacts As DataTable = ds.Tables("Contact")

Dim query = ( _
    From contact In contacts.AsEnumerable() _
    Where contact.Field(Of String)("FirstName") = "Brooke" _
    Select contact).First()

Console.WriteLine("ContactID: " & query.Field(Of Integer)("ContactID"))
Console.WriteLine("FirstName: " & query.Field(Of String)("FirstName"))
Console.WriteLine("LastName: " & query.Field(Of String)("LastName"))

See Also

Loading Data Into a DataSet
LINQ to DataSet Examples
Standard Query Operators Overview