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Additional data contained in result from LINQ query

Posted on 2009-07-01
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Hi,

I use the code below to query a DataTable with Linq. The intention is to select all distinct names of the column "Case Owner" and put those in a combo box. Later it should be possible to filter bu these values (data is displayed in a DataGridView).

Basically it works but I wonder why the values I see in the ComboBox are like "{ CaseOwner = John Smith }" and not like the values I see in the original table like "John Smith"?

I guess I could strip off the additional characters but I don't think this should be necessary as I must be doing something wrong here.

If it makes any difference, the data comes from an Excel html file that I read from an OleDbConnection.
private void openToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
	// Create and open a file open dialog...
	OpenFileDialog ofd = new OpenFileDialog();
 
	string fileName = string.Empty;
 
	if (ofd.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK)
	{
		fileName = ofd.FileName;
 
		// Read and display the data...
		DataTable fullTable = GetDataFromExcel(fileName);
 
		mainDataGridView.DataSource = fullTable;
 
		var allSpecialists = from name in fullTable.AsEnumerable() select new { CaseOwner = name.Field<string>("Case Owner")};
 
		supportSpecialist.Items.Add("All");
		foreach (var specialist in allSpecialists.Distinct())
		{
			supportSpecialist.Items.Add(specialist);
		}
		supportSpecialist.SelectedIndex = 0;
	}
}

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naspinski earned 500 total points
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That is because you are returning a IEnumerable of items that have an attribute CaseOwner which is what you really want.

I am not sure where i n your code you are doing this, but if it is the item specialist, simply do this:
foreach (var specialist in allSpecialists.Distinct())
	supportSpecialist.Items.Add(specialist.CaseOwner);

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by:Sharp2b
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And voila...here we go!

Thanks a lot!!!

It works and then I think I also understand more what I see in the debugger as well. I focused entirely on the line:
var allSpecialists = from...
as I was thinking this was the problem.
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by:Sharp2b
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Just right - sorry I didn't explain that 'supportSpecialist' is the combobox but you got it anyway
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