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Compiler Error CS1938

Visual Studio 2008

The name 'name' is not in scope on the right side of 'equals'. Consider swapping the expressions on either side of 'equals'.

The equals keyword is a special operator that is used in a join clause to determine equality between two expressions. The range variable for the left side source sequence is in scope on the left side of equals, and the range variable for the right side source is only in scope on the left side of equals. You can verify this by experimenting with IntelliSense in the following code example.

To correct this error

  • Swap the position of the two range variables as shown in the commented line in the following example:

The following code generates CS1938:

// cs1938.cs
using System.Linq;
class Test
    static void Main()
        int[] sourceA = { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 };
        int[] sourceB = { 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 };

        var query = from a in sourceA
                    join b in sourceB on b equals a // CS1938
                    // Try the following line instead.
                    // join b in sourceB on a equals b
                    select new { a, b };