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LinqDataSourceSelectEventArgs Class

Provides data for the Selecting event.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web.Extensions (in System.Web.Extensions.dll)

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public class LinqDataSourceSelectEventArgs : CancelEventArgs

The LinqDataSourceSelectEventArgs object is passed to event handlers for the Selecting event of the LinqDataSource control. You use the LinqDataSourceSelectEventArgs object to manually specify what data is returned, and how the data is sorted and paged when it is returned. You can programmatically add or remove parameters to the GroupBy, OrderBy, OrderGroupsBy, Select, and Where clauses by using the GroupByParameters, OrderByParameters, OrderGroupsByParameters, SelectParameters, and WhereParameters collections.

The Result property enables you to change the data object that is used for the query. If you assign an object to the Result property, that object will be used for queries instead of the object specified in the TableName property of the LinqDataSource control.

The Arguments property enables you to customize how returned data is sorted and paged. The data-bound control passes sorting and paging properties through the Arguments property. If you have to manually handle sorting or paging, set the AutoSort property or AutoPage property of the LinqDataSource control to false. You can then perform the customized query for sorting or paging in a handler for the Selecting event.

If the RetrieveTotalRowCount property is set to true, you must return a value for the TotalRowCount property.

The following example shows how to set the Result property to the result of a search made by using language-integrated query (LINQ).

protected void LinqDataSource_Selecting(object sender, LinqDataSourceSelectEventArgs e)
    ExampleDataContext exampleContext = new ExampleDataContext();

    e.Result = from p in exampleContext.Products 
         where p.Category == "Beverages" 
         select new {
           ID = p.ProductID,
           Name = p.Name

The following example shows how to set the Result property to an array of string values that is defined in the Web page.

public partial class Default3 : System.Web.UI.Page
    string[] citiesArray = 
        "New York", 
        "San Francisco" 

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

    protected void LinqDataSource_Selecting(object sender, LinqDataSourceSelectEventArgs e)
        var cities = from city in citiesArray
                     where city.CompareTo("B") > 0
                     select city;
        e.Result = cities;
        // Or we could set e.Result = citiesArray to return all rows.


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5