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ObjectQuery<T>.SelectValue<TResultType> Method

Limits the query results to only the property specified in the projection.

Namespace:  System.Data.Objects
Assembly:  System.Data.Entity (in System.Data.Entity.dll)

public ObjectQuery<TResultType> SelectValue<TResultType>(
	string projection,
	params ObjectParameter[] parameters

Type Parameters


The type of the ObjectQuery<T> returned by the SelectValue<TResultType> method.


Type: System.String
The projection list.
Type: System.Data.Objects.ObjectParameter[]
An optional set of query parameters that should be in scope when parsing.

Return Value

Type: System.Data.Objects.ObjectQuery<TResultType>
A new ObjectQuery<T> instance of a type compatible with the specific projection. The returned ObjectQuery<T> is equivalent to the original instance with SELECT VALUE applied.


projection is null.


parameters is null.


The projection is an empty string.

SelectValue<TResultType> is used to return values that are simple types, entity types, or complex types. Use the Select method for projections that require a row type instead of a value type. For more information, see Object Queries (Entity Framework).

The SelectValue<TResultType> method applies the projection specified by the projection parameter. The ObjectQuery<T> returned by the SelectValue<TResultType> method must be of a value type that is compatible with the projection and must be the same type as the type of SelectValue<TResultType>.

This example is based on the Adventure Works Sales Model. The example creates a new ObjectQuery<T> that contains results that are a sequence of ProductID values projected from the results of the existing query.

using (AdventureWorksEntities context =
    new AdventureWorksEntities())
    string queryString =
        @"SELECT VALUE product FROM 
            AdventureWorksEntities.Products AS product";

    ObjectQuery<Product> productQuery1 =
        new ObjectQuery<Product>(queryString,
            context, MergeOption.NoTracking);

    ObjectQuery<Int32> productQuery2 =

    foreach (Int32 result in productQuery2)
        Console.WriteLine("{0}", result);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

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.