How to: Execute a Query that Returns StructuralType Results (EntityClient)

This topic provides an example of how to execute a command against an Entity Data Model by using EntityCommand, and how to retrieve the StructuralType results by using EntityDataReader. The EntityType, RowType and ComplexType derive from the StructuralType.

To run the code in this example

  1. Add the AdventureWorks Sales Model to your project and configure your project to use the Entity Framework. To do this, do one of the following:

  2. In the code page for your application, add the following using statements (Imports in Visual Basic):.

    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Collections;
    using System.Data.Common;
    using System.Data;
    using System.IO;
    using System.Data.SqlClient;
    using System.Data.EntityClient;
    using AdventureWorksModel;
    using System.Data.Metadata.Edm;


To test the code, pass the following query as an argument to the ExecuteStructuralTypeQuery function:

"SELECT VALUE Product FROM AdventureWorksEntities.Product AS Product"

The query above returns the EntityType results.

static void ExecuteStructuralTypeQuery(string esqlQuery)
    if (esqlQuery.Length == 0)
        Console.WriteLine("The query string is empty.");

    using (EntityConnection conn =
        new EntityConnection("name=AdventureWorksEntities"))

            // Create an EntityCommand.
            using (EntityCommand cmd = conn.CreateCommand())
                cmd.CommandText = esqlQuery;
                // Execute the command.
                using (EntityDataReader rdr =
                    // Start reading results.
                    while (rdr.Read())
                        StructuralTypeVisitRecord(rdr as IExtendedDataRecord);
        catch (EntityException ex)

static void StructuralTypeVisitRecord(IExtendedDataRecord record)
    int fieldCount = record.DataRecordInfo.FieldMetadata.Count;
    for (int fieldIndex = 0; fieldIndex < fieldCount; fieldIndex++)
        Console.Write(record.GetName(fieldIndex) + ": ");

        // If the field is flagged as DbNull, the shape of the value is undetermined.
        // An attempt to get such a value may trigger an exception.
        if (record.IsDBNull(fieldIndex) == false)
            BuiltInTypeKind fieldTypeKind = record.DataRecordInfo.FieldMetadata[fieldIndex].
            // The EntityType, ComplexType and RowType are structural types
            // that have members. 
            // Read only the PrimitiveType members of this structural type.
            if (fieldTypeKind == BuiltInTypeKind.PrimitiveType)
                // Primitive types are surfaced as plain objects.

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