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Hi!

How can I with entity framework, do some "limit" request, e.g. in my case, I want to return the 3 last object.

So, how to do this on an IQueryable object?

Thank you!
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Question by:Nargzul
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by:Dhaest
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Do you mean something like the skip() and take() methods ?

http://www.vikramlakhotia.com/Using_Take_and_Skip_method_in_LINQ_queries.aspx
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by:Nargzul
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Not exactly, because, if we have something like this:
Skip(x).Take(y)

I only want to specify the Y.

I know I can OrderByDescending, Take and after this OrderBy, but this will make two sort instead of one, it's costly
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by:Dhaest
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I'm afraid that there will be no other way, then to reverser the result (like you already did) to get the records.

I'm not sure, but maybe you can use the elementAt(...)

Something like this:

Dim newaccount = From n In db.accounts.ElementAt(db.accounts.Count() - 3).Take(3)
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by:Nargzul
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I don't think, because ElementAt return my object type and no more an IQueryable object.

It should be possible to do something like

From n In db.accounts.Skip(db.accounts.Count() - 3).Take(3), but I'm almost sure it will load the full collection.
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by:Dhaest
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>> I'm almost sure it will load the full collection.

I'm afraid so ..
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by:Nargzul
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So have you an idea to avoid that? The table will contains a lot of data, and even if the table will be cleaned regularly, it will not be enough. because this will be called on every page of my remote application
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by:Fernando Soto
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Hi Nargzu;

First get a count of the records and then use a Skip( count - 3 ). For example using the Adventureworks DB as the source the following will work.

DataClasses1DataContext db = new DataClasses1DataContext();

int recCount = db.Employee.Count();

var emp = (from E in db.Employee
           select E).Skip(recCount - 3);

var result = emp.ToList();

Fernando
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by:Nargzul
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@FernandoSoto: doing a .Count() load data no? I just can't afford me this
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Then the only way to do what you want is to reverse order the query and take the top 3, something like the following.

     var query = (from E in db.Employee
                         orderby E.EmployeeID descending
                         select E).Take(3);
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by:Nargzul
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Not exactly I was expecting, though I think there is not better solution :/
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