How to: Execute a Method on an Entity

SharePoint 2007

Entities contain methods. To execute the methods that are available on an entity, the Entity object provides the Execute method.

The two code examples in this topic show the use of the Execute method to do a raw method execution. The example ExecuteEntityOverrideArgs method overrides the default values of the parameters with different values before executing the method call.

Example

This example shows the use of the Execute method to do a raw method execution. This ExecuteEntityOverrideArgs method in the example also shows how to override the default values of the parameters with different values before execution.

NoteNote:

Though this example executes a Finder method, you will not typically use Entity.Execute to execute Finder methods. To execute methods of type Finder and Filter, you should use the FindFiltered and FindSpecific methods.

Prerequisites

  • Ensure a Shared Service Provider is already created.

  • Replace the constant value EnterYourSSPNameHere in the code with the name of your Shared Resource Provider.

  • Make sure the LobSystem and entity names referenced in the example exist in the Business Data Catalog. Use valid names.

Project References

Add the following Project References in your console application code project before running this sample:

  • Microsoft.SharePoint

  • Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal

  • Microsoft.Office.Server

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Data;
using Microsoft.Office.Server.ApplicationRegistry.MetadataModel;
using Microsoft.Office.Server.ApplicationRegistry.Runtime;
using Microsoft.Office.Server.ApplicationRegistry.SystemSpecific;
using Microsoft.Office.Server.ApplicationRegistry.Infrastructure;
using WSSAdmin = Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration;
using OSSAdmin = Microsoft.Office.Server.Administration;

namespace Microsoft.SDK.SharePointServer.Samples
{
    class ExecuteEntity
    {
        const string yourSSPName ="EnterYourSSPNameHere";

        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            SetupBDC();
            ExecuteEntity();
            ExecuteEntityOverrideArgs();
            Console.WriteLine("Press any key to exit...");
            Console.Read();
        }
        static void SetupBDC()
        {
            SqlSessionProvider.Instance().SetSharedResourceProviderToUse(yourSSPName);
        }

        static void ExecuteEntity()
        {
            NamedLobSystemInstanceDictionary sysInstances = ApplicationRegistry.GetLobSystemInstances();
            LobSystemInstance AdvWorksIns = sysInstances["AdventureWorksSampleInstance"];
            Entity prodEntity = AdvWorksIns.GetEntities()["Product"];
            MethodInstance methInst = prodEntity.GetFinderMethodInstance();
            IEntityInstanceEnumerator prodEntityInstanceEnumerator =
                (IEntityInstanceEnumerator)prodEntity.Execute(methInst,
                AdvWorksIns);
            while (prodEntityInstanceEnumerator.MoveNext())
            {
                IEntityInstance IE = prodEntityInstanceEnumerator.Current;
                foreach (Field f in prodEntity.GetFinderView().Fields)
                    Console.Write(IE[f]);
                Console.WriteLine("");
            }
        }
        static void ExecuteEntityOverrideArgs()
        {
            NamedLobSystemInstanceDictionary sysInstances = ApplicationRegistry.GetLobSystemInstances();
            LobSystemInstance AdvWorksIns = sysInstances["AdventureWorksSampleInstance"];
            Entity prodEntity = AdvWorksIns.GetEntities()["Product"];
            MethodInstance methInst = prodEntity.GetFinderMethodInstance();
            Object[] args = methInst.GetMethod().CreateDefaultParameterInstances(methInst);
            //Min ProductID
            args[0] = 1;
            //Max Product ID
            args[1] = 10;
            IEntityInstanceEnumerator prodEntityInstanceEnumerator =
                (IEntityInstanceEnumerator)
                prodEntity.Execute(methInst, AdvWorksIns, ref args);
            while (prodEntityInstanceEnumerator.MoveNext())
            {
                IEntityInstance IE = prodEntityInstanceEnumerator.Current;
                foreach (Field f in prodEntity.GetFinderView().Fields)
                    Console.Write(IE[f]);
                Console.WriteLine("");
            }
        }  
    }
} 

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