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DataContext.GetChangeSet Method

Provides access to the modified objects tracked by DataContext.

Namespace:  System.Data.Linq
Assembly:  System.Data.Linq (in System.Data.Linq.dll)

public ChangeSet GetChangeSet()

Return Value

Type: System.Data.Linq.ChangeSet
The set of objects is returned as three read-only collections.

Note the following considerations:

  • GetChangeSet might have side effects, such as inference of insert and delete operations that are usually performed at the time of SubmitChanges. For example, objects that are used in the following operations can create corresponding inferred operations in the following list:

  • The set may not be ordered according to foreign key constraints.

  • Database-generated values (for example, primary and foreign key values, timestamps, and so forth) are not available. Such information requires database command execution and perhaps the propagation of retrieved information (for example, foreign key from primary key).

  • The set of changed objects is computed at the time of the call. Subsequent calls to SubmitChanges can produce a different set if additional changes are made.

Output when no changes have been made appears as follows:

{Added: 0, Removed: 0, Modified: 0}

Northwnd db = new Northwnd(@"c:\northwnd.mdf");

var custQuery =
    from cust in db.Customers
    where cust.City == "London" 
    select cust;

foreach (Customer custObj in custQuery)
    Console.WriteLine("CustomerID: {0}", custObj.CustomerID);
    Console.WriteLine("\tOriginal value: {0}", custObj.City);
    custObj.City = "Paris";
    Console.WriteLine("\tUpdated value: {0}", custObj.City);

ChangeSet cs = db.GetChangeSet();
Console.Write("Total changes: {0}", cs);
// Freeze the console window.


Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5