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I have the following line of code in a function in my unit of work:
Customer c = Customers.FindWhere(x => x.Username == username).FirstOrDefault();

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The function that this code is in however simply wants to return the "ID" field of the customer.

Instead of asking for all the customer fields, is there a way of just saying give me the id field?

The generic function .findwhere is using e.f 4.1
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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If I'm understanding the issue correctly, then I think you can use:

var c = Customers.FindWhere(x => x.Username == username).Select(x => x.ID).FirstOrDefault();

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by:scm0sml
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I was thinking that but I get cannot implicitly convert type int to customer...?
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käµfm³d   👽 earned 2000 total points
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Yes, I had to change "Customer c" to "var c" because I wasn't sure what the type of "ID" was. You say that the function "wants to return the 'ID' field of the customer", so I expected that you have specified your function's return value to match the type of "ID"--which in this case seems to be int. The var I used should take care of any typing issues, but you can replace it with int if it makes you more comfortable.
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by:scm0sml
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ah right i think where i was getting confused was i though the select was just saying populate the id field of the returned customer object as opposed to just returning an int.

That works for me in this case.

If I did want to return say 3 of the 10 fields, could I do that using the lambda?
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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Sure:

var c = Customers.FindWhere(x => x.Username == username)
                 .Select(x => new Customer()
                              {
                                  ID = x.ID,
                                  FName = x.FName,
                                  LName = x.LName,
                              })
                 .FirstOrDefault();

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by:scm0sml
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ah ha...

good man.
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