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Queryable.First<TSource> Method (IQueryable<TSource>)

Returns the first element of a sequence.

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

public static TSource First<TSource>(
	this IQueryable<TSource> source
)

Type Parameters

TSource

The type of the elements of source.

Parameters

source
Type: System.Linq.IQueryable<TSource>

The IQueryable<T> to return the first element of.

Return Value

Type: TSource
The first element in source.

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IQueryable<TSource>. 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.

InvalidOperationException

The source sequence is empty.

The First<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) method generates a MethodCallExpression that represents calling First<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) itself as a constructed generic method. It then passes the MethodCallExpression to the Execute<TResult>(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 First<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) depends on the implementation of the type of the source parameter. The expected behavior is that it returns the first element in source.

The following code example demonstrates how to use First<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) to return the first element in a sequence.

int[] numbers = { 9, 34, 65, 92, 87, 435, 3, 54, 
                    83, 23, 87, 435, 67, 12, 19 };

int first = numbers.AsQueryable().First();

Console.WriteLine(first);

/*
    This code produces the following output:

    9
*/

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5

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