What's the best way to load up data read in from sql server to a generic colleciton variable?

Should I use the SqlDataReader in a while loop to read each record into a generic colleciton var using the Add method?  assigning each column to a property in a object or is there a better way to do this?

After I load up the data into the generic collection variable, how do I find the object that let's say the Id property = 5?

Thank you.
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anarki_jimbelSenior DeveloperCommented:
It depends on your final goal.

E.g., you may get full row of data using reader.GetValues. It returns an array. Now you need to decide what you need.

Say, you may put all your records into a list. But you may need to iterate through records to get a desired one.

Or say, if you are going to look records by ID often then I'd put these records into a Dictionary where ID is a key.

One more option is to load everything into a DataTable:

            SqlDataReader dr = cmd.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.CloseConnection);
            DataTable dt = new DataTable();
            dt.Load(dr);

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DataTable gives more options on serach, e.g.: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/y06xa2h1.aspx
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lapuccaAuthor Commented:
Generic collection , List<T>, doesn't it have a Find method with a key?
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