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DataSet-Specific Operator Examples (LINQ to DataSet)

The examples in this topic demonstrate how to use the CopyToDataTable method and the DataRowComparer class.

The FillDataSet method used in these examples is specified in Loading Data Into a DataSet.

The examples in this topic use the Contact, Address, Product, SalesOrderHeader, and SalesOrderDetail tables in the AdventureWorks sample database.

The examples in this topic use the following using/Imports statements:

using System;
using System.Linq;
using System.Linq.Expressions;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Data.Common;
using System.Globalization;

For more information, see How to: Create a LINQ to DataSet Project In Visual Studio.

This example loads a DataTable with query results by using the CopyToDataTable method.

// Fill the DataSet.
DataSet ds = new DataSet();
ds.Locale = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture;

DataTable contacts1 = ds.Tables["Contact"];

IEnumerable<DataRow> query =
    from contact in contacts1.AsEnumerable()
    where contact.Field<string>("Title") == "Ms."
        && contact.Field<string>("FirstName") == "Carla" 
    select contact;

DataTable contacts2 = query.CopyToDataTable();

foreach (DataRow contact in contacts2.AsEnumerable())
    Console.WriteLine("ID:{0} Name: {1}, {2}",

This example compares two different data rows by using DataRowComparer.

// Fill the DataSet.
DataSet ds = new DataSet();
ds.Locale = CultureInfo.InvariantCulture;

// Get two rows from the SalesOrderHeader table.
DataTable table = ds.Tables["SalesOrderHeader"];
DataRow left = (DataRow)table.Rows[0];
DataRow right = (DataRow)table.Rows[1];

// Compare the two different rows.
IEqualityComparer<DataRow> comparer = DataRowComparer.Default;

bool bEqual = comparer.Equals(left, right);
if (bEqual)
    Console.WriteLine("The two rows are equal");
    Console.WriteLine("The two rows are not equal");

// Get the hash codes of the two rows.
Console.WriteLine("The hashcodes for the two rows are {0}, {1}",
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