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EntityFunctions.Left Method

Invokes the canonical Left function. For information about the canonical Left function, see String Canonical Functions.

Namespace:  System.Data.Objects
Assembly:  System.Data.Entity (in System.Data.Entity.dll)
[EdmFunctionAttribute("Edm", "Left")]
public static string Left(
	string stringArgument,
	Nullable<long> length


Type: System.String

A valid string expression.

Type: System.Nullable<Int64>

The number of characters to return.

Return Value

Type: System.String
The leftmost length number of characters of stringArgument.

You cannot call this function directly. This function can only appear within a LINQ to Entities query.

This function is translated to a corresponding function in the database.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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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