Linq query: "String must be exactly one character long"

Posted on 2008-11-17
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Last Modified: 2013-11-11

This simple Linq query gives me an error "String must be exactly one character long" on the specified line:

        Dim db As New DataClasses1DataContext
        Dim People = From tblPeople In db.tblLogins

            For Each User In People ' <----------- Error
        Catch ex As Exception
        End Try

If I "Set Next Statement" before the Try AFTER receiving the error it get the content of the database just fine...  

What's going on...

Question by:NCSO
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ChetOS82 earned 2000 total points
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Check out http://dotnetslackers.com/XLinq/re-63043_LINQ_Error_String_must_be_exactly_one_character_long.aspx

You need to change the definition from Char(1) to String in the designer.

Author Comment

ID: 22978819
I actually found this article myself but couldn't find anything useful, except the necessary change is in the DBML file instead.

I changed this line:

<Column Name="MI" Type="System.Char" DbType="Char" CanBeNull="true" />


<Column Name="MI" Type="System.String" DbType="NVarChar(1)" CanBeNull="true" />

And all is good in the world!

But you got me on the right track, so I'm happy.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 31517468
This actually wasn't the answer to my question but got me on the right track.

Check my final comment for the actual answer!

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