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EntityCollection<TEntity>.CreateSourceQuery Method

Returns an object query that, when it is executed, returns the same set of objects that exists in the current collection.

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

public ObjectQuery<TEntity> CreateSourceQuery()

Return Value

Type: System.Data.Objects.ObjectQuery<TEntity>
An ObjectQuery<T> that represents the entity collection.


When the object is in an Added state.


When the object is in a Detached state with a MergeOption other than NoTracking.

This property is used to obtain a new instance of ObjectQuery<T> that returns the same set of objects. This is useful as the starting point for a more complex join, union, or filtered query, or to return the same objects in a detached state by using the NoTracking option.

CreateSourceQuery is used to filter objects in an EntityCollection<TEntity> to enable you to bind only objects of a specific type. For more information, see Binding Objects to Controls (Entity Framework).

This example is based on a modified version of the School model. This version supports table-per-type inheritance with Course as an abstract type. Complete the Mapping Inheritance - Table-per-Type walkthrough to modify the School model to support the table-per-type inheritance example used in this topic.

This example shows how to use CreateSourceQuery to filter objects in an EntityCollection<TEntity> and bind only to objects of a specific type. For a complete version of this example, see How to: Bind Controls to Derived Types (Entity Framework).

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4
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