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Cannot implicitly convert type 'System.Collections.IList' to 'System.Collections.Generic.List

Steve7423 asked
Last Modified: 2015-06-21
This is my first attempt at generics and I'm a little puzzled.  I don't understand what is causing this error.  I've googled this and so far no light bulb going off.  I've pointed out the line that causes the error but I can't seem to figure out why.  I've included the functions related so you can get the overall picture to see what I'm doing.  some insight would be appreciated.  also being the first attempt at generics, I'm not sure if I'm doing this right, so feed back is welcomed.

The error

Cannot implicitly convert type 'System.Collections.IList' to 'System.Collections.Generic.List<Domains.Entities.Employee>'

Error point
this is the Load event of a form called debug

private void Debug_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            SQL_DataObject empData = new SQL_DataObject();
            Employee objemp = new Employee();

              [b]the Error line:[/b]    List<Employee> Lst_rcds = empData.Get_Data<Employee>(objemp);

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My DataObject Class:

public System.Collections.IList Get_Data<T>(object objentity)
            string cs = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["DBCS"].ConnectionString;

            using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(cs))
                SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("SPGetStudentByID", con);
                cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;
                //SqlParameter param = new SqlParameter("@ID", ID);

                List<T> lst_entity = new List<T>();

                SqlDataReader rdr = cmd.ExecuteReader();

                while (rdr.Read())

                return  lst_entity.ToList();
              throw new NotImplementedException();

private object Set_EntityFields<T>(T objentity)
            setInstanceProperty<object>(objentity, "ID", 123);
            return null;

static void setInstanceProperty<T>(object instance, string propertyName, T value)
            Type type = instance.GetType();
            PropertyInfo propertyInfo = type.GetProperty(propertyName, BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.Public, null, typeof(T), new Type[0], null);

            propertyInfo.SetValue(instance, value, null);


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