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LINQ-select and LINQ-GroupBY-select returning different types

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Howdy
I am fairly new to all of this and plodding along with some modicum of succes using LINQ and MVC4 however I have run into a problem whereby

1. I successfully select from the Entity Framework using

 Dim lst1 = (From n In db.MenuDrivers Where n.MajorNode = "Applications" And n.MinorNode = "Driver" Select n)  

This returns a list of type: System.Data.Objects.ObjectQuery`1[Mvc.MenuDriver]"
of which I can pass to my layout as an View

2. I need to constrain the result and only send unique groups so I used

Dim lst = (From n In db.MenuDrivers Where n.MajorNode = "Applications" Group n By Key = n.MinorNode Into Group Select TotalGroups = Group)

which also works but it returns the lst as type System.Collections.Generic.List`1[System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable`1[Mvc.MenuDriver]]

and I cannot pass this to the layout using the View any longer.
I get an error

The model item passed into the dictionary is of type 'System.Collections.Generic.List`1[System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable`1[Mvc.MenuDriver]]', but this dictionary requires a model item of type 'System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable`1[Mvc.MenuDriver]'

How can I get the correct tyupe back from the group LINQ?

Regards
Charlie
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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When you "group by", you are creating an IEnumerable of IEnumerables. So the question is now, what should the model contain? You've grouped by the key "n.MinorNode", so now you have an IEnumerable of groups, where each group has a different MinorCode. What are you wanting to extract from each group to pass to the model?
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Kaufmed
The first LINQ yielded all of the records

I now want to cut that down base don a grouping of minornode
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So you want one record from each group?
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by:CSUGDEN
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Yes. Would using DISTINCT be more appropriate?
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Ah, then I would suggest using First instead of assigning the group directly.

e.g.

Dim lst = (From n In db.MenuDrivers
           Where n.MajorNode = "Applications"
           Group n By Key = n.MinorNode Into Group
           Select TotalGroups = Group.First())

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That should yield you an IEnumerable(Of Mvc.MenuDriver).
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I had a problem with the enumeration in the layout on the For Each where the error message suggested I use FirstOrDefault instead of First.

Why is that? DO you know?

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You can use FirstOrDefault. FirstOrDefault can return null if there is nothing in the IEnumerable, but I don't think you would encounter that here. If you do, will need to add a Nothing check. (I don't think you'll need that, though.)
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