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How to: View the Store Commands

This topic shows how to use the ToTraceString method to view the store commands for an ObjectQuery in the Entity Framework. The ToTraceString method is also avilable on the EntityCommand class.

The examples in this topic show how to view the store commands for a query that returns Product objects from the Production.Product table. The same example is shown using each of the following Entity Framework query technologies:

The example in this topic is based on the Adventure Works Sales Model. To run the code in this topic, you must have already added the Adventure Works Sales Model to your project and configured your project to use the Entity Framework. For more information, see How to: Use the Entity Data Model Wizard (Entity Framework) or How to: Manually Configure an Entity Framework Project and How to: Manually Define an Entity Data Model (Entity Framework).

Example

This is the LINQ to Entities example.

int productID = 900;
using (AdventureWorksEntities context =
    new AdventureWorksEntities())
{
    // Define an ObjectSet to use with the LINQ query.
    ObjectSet<Product> products = context.Products;

    // Define a LINQ query that returns a selected product.
    var result = from product in products
                 where product.ProductID == productID
                 select product;

    // Cast the inferred type var to an ObjectQuery
    // and then write the store commands for the query.
    Console.WriteLine(((ObjectQuery<Product>)result).ToTraceString());
}

This is the Entity SQL example.

int productID = 900;
using (AdventureWorksEntities context =
    new AdventureWorksEntities())
{
    // Define the Entity SQL query string.
    string queryString =
        @"SELECT VALUE product FROM AdventureWorksEntities.Products AS product 
      WHERE product.ProductID = @productID";

    // Define the object query with the query string.
    ObjectQuery<Product> productQuery =
        new ObjectQuery<Product>(queryString, context, MergeOption.AppendOnly);

    productQuery.Parameters.Add(new ObjectParameter("productID", productID));

    // Write the store commands for the query.
    Console.WriteLine(productQuery.ToTraceString());
}

This is the query builder method example.

int productID = 900;
using (AdventureWorksEntities context =
    new AdventureWorksEntities())
{
    // Define the object query for the specific product.
    ObjectQuery<Product> productQuery =
        context.Products.Where("it.ProductID = @productID");
    productQuery.Parameters.Add(new ObjectParameter("productID", productID));

    // Write the store commands for the query.
    Console.WriteLine(productQuery.ToTraceString());
}

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