MVC view, Linq query to bring back foreign key

I want to display a list of customers and customer status in an unordered list in an MVC view.

I have customer table which has a status id linked to status table

Customer                               Status
ID                                           StatusID
Name                                     StatusName

So I want to display

I'd.              Name.                   Status
1               John Doe.             Pending

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John ClaesSenior .Net Consultant & Technical AnalistCommented:
the Folowing are the correct ways to demand your requested display values.


Why are u using Linq for this?
ToString1Author Commented:
I am using linq to sql with sql server database.

It is just the query I need but for some reason if I put Customer.Status.StatusName   I get object not set error.  

What would the linq query be?
John ClaesSenior .Net Consultant & Technical AnalistCommented:
ha ok

Can you give me your Query?

Just after the Customers you should add .Expand("Status") ;-)
This will ensure that you can use the Status Attribute as it is Loaded
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ToString1Author Commented:
OK thanks

I'm not allowed to post any code so could you please give an example code snippet?
John ClaesSenior .Net Consultant & Technical AnalistCommented:

In your code You should somewhere use something like

var customers = from c in repository.Customers  select c;
var customers = repository.Customers

Now we're going to Expand the Status to ensure loading

var customers = from c in repository.Customers.Expand("Status")   select c;
var customers = repository.Customers.Expand("Status")

ToString1Author Commented:

If I try the expand keyword it is not recognized

'System.Data.Linq.Table<test.Models.customer>' does not contain a definition for 'Expand' and no extension method 'Expand' accepting a first argument of type 'System.Data.Linq.Table<test.Models.customer>' could be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)      
John ClaesSenior .Net Consultant & Technical AnalistCommented:
using System.Linq;

ToString1Author Commented:
Yes I am using system.linq

I can write queries fine but it is does not recognize the Expand keyword.  

I can't see any documentation on it either
Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi ToString1;

The Expand method if I am not mistaken is part of LinqKit and not from the standard Linq implementation.

In the database do you define a relationship between Customer and the Status tables? From the error message it seems like you do not have one defined.

use, the DataLoadOptions() in your case...
this is used to load related and linked tables..

refer this url:

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