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Queryable.Cast<TResult> Method

Converts the elements of an IQueryable to the specified type.

Namespace:  System.Linq
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

public static IQueryable<TResult> Cast<TResult>(
	this IQueryable source
)

Type Parameters

TResult

The type to convert the elements of source to.

Parameters

source
Type: System.Linq.IQueryable
The IQueryable that contains the elements to be converted.

Return Value

Type: System.Linq.IQueryable<TResult>
An IQueryable<T> that contains each element of the source sequence converted to the specified type.

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IQueryable. When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter. For more information, see Extension Methods (Visual Basic) or Extension Methods (C# Programming Guide).

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

source is null.

InvalidCastException

An element in the sequence cannot be cast to type TResult.

The Cast<TResult>(IQueryable) method generates a MethodCallExpression that represents calling Cast<TResult>(IQueryable) itself as a constructed generic method. It then passes the MethodCallExpression to the CreateQuery(Expression) method of the IQueryProvider represented by the Provider property of the source parameter.

The query behavior that occurs as a result of executing an expression tree that represents calling Cast<TResult>(IQueryable) depends on the implementation of the type of the source parameter. The expected behavior is that it converts the values in source to type TResult.

The following code example demonstrates how to use Cast<TResult>(IQueryable) to convert objects in a sequence to type String.



            // Create a list of objects.
            List<object> words =
                new List<object> { "green", "blue", "violet" };

            // Cast the objects in the list to type 'string'
            // and project the first letter of each string.
            IEnumerable<string> query =
                words.AsQueryable()
                .Cast<string>()
                .Select(str => str.Substring(0, 1));

            foreach (string s in query)
                Console.WriteLine(s);

            /*  This code produces the following output:

                g
                b
                v
            */



.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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