how to get top records using where condition in LINQ

my query is

select top(1) * from tablename where col = value.

i need this query in LINQ.i tried in this way

from x in datacontext.tablename.take(1) where col == value select x.

but it's not getting values.

ravindra333Asked:
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SysProConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hello,
try this:
datacontext.tablename (x => x.col == value).Take(1);
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naspinskiCommented:
You are getting this because you are first 'taking' 1 record, and if it happens NOT to have a col == value (which it most likely will not) then it returns nothing.  You want to take it after like SysPro says.

Here are a few more ways with LINQ to get the same thing (I prefer 5 myself):
var results1 = (from x in datacontext.tablename where x.col == value select x).Take(1);
var results2 = (from x in datacontext.tablename where x.col == value select x).First();
var results3 = (from x in datacontext.tablename where x.col == value select x).Single();
 
//using lambdas (I like this better as it's cleaner looking code)
var results4 = datacontext.tablename.Where(x => x.col == value).Take(1);
var results5 = datacontext.tablename.First(x => x.col == value);
var results6 = datacontext.tablename.Single(x => x.col == value);

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Sreedhar VengalaSr. Consultant - Business IntelligenceCommented:
Try this:
from t in Transactions.Where(t=>t.StockpileID == 2033).Take(1) select t
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naspinskiCommented:
sree ven, that will not work, you are mixing syntax
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naspinskiCommented:
i apologize, that will work, but why stretch it out to be that long and confusing by mixing syntax?
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Sreedhar VengalaSr. Consultant - Business IntelligenceCommented:
hello naspinski

was just correcting ravindra333's query,
as you said below will work pretty well too:

        var categories = GetCategories();
        List<Category> list = categories .Where(c => c.Name == "Camera").Take(1).ToList();
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