SqlMethods.Like Method (String, String)

Determines whether a specific character string matches a specified pattern. This method is currently only supported in LINQ to SQL queries.

Namespace:  System.Data.Linq.SqlClient
Assembly:  System.Data.Linq (in System.Data.Linq.dll)


Public Shared Function Like ( _
    matchExpression As String, _
    pattern As String _
) As Boolean
public static bool Like(
    string matchExpression,
    string pattern


  • matchExpression
    Type: System.String
    The string to be searched for a match.
  • pattern
    Type: System.String
    The pattern, which may include wildcard characters, to match in matchExpression.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if matchExpression matches the pattern; otherwise, false.


The SQL Server LIKE functionality cannot be exposed through translation of existing common language runtime (CLR) and .NET Framework constructs, and is unsupported outside of a LINQ to SQL context. The use of this method outside of LINQ to SQL will always throw an exception of type NotSupportedException.

Version Information

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1


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