DataServiceContext.AttachTo Method (String, Object, String)

Notifies the DataServiceContext to start tracking the specified resource and supplies the location of the resource within the specified resource set.

Namespace:  System.Data.Services.Client
Assembly:  System.Data.Services.Client (in System.Data.Services.Client.dll)

public void AttachTo(
	string entitySetName,
	Object entity,
	string etag


Type: System.String
The string value that contains the name of the entity set to which the entity is attached.
Type: System.Object
The entity to add.
Type: System.String
An eTag value that represents the state of the entity the last time that it was retrieved from the data service. This value is treated as an opaque string; no validation is performed on it by the client library.


When entity or entitySetName are null.


When entitySetName is an empty string.


When entity does not have a key property.


When entity is already being tracked by the context.

Calling this method notifies the DataServiceContext to start tracking the specified entity and identifies the entity set to which the entity belongs.

If the entity is part of an object graph, this operation does not traverse the graph to add related objects. The object is added to the DataServiceContext in the unchanged state. The method does not validate whether the specified entity set exists in the data service that is associated with the DataServiceContext.

If the overload with an eTag is used, the specified eTag is associated with the newly attached entity. The eTag is then sent to the data service, with all later update or query operations for the entity, according to HTTP semantics. Manual generation of eTag values is not recommended, but this overload is provided to allow entities that may have been serialized and stored to be reattached together with relevant concurrency metadata.


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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