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Dynamically evaluating a JOIN expression with Linq

, 21 Feb 2010
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For the last little while I've been toying around with System.Linq.Expressions and a mini SQL parser to see how far I can go with evaluating plain text SQL expressions against arbitrary collections of objects.

Introduction

For the last little while, I've been toying around with System.Linq.Expressions and a mini SQL parser to see how far I can go with evaluating plain text SQL expressions against arbitrary collections of objects. It's mostly a side project for my own enjoyment but eventually I am hoping it actually turns into something broadly useful.

Results so far I've put on CodeProject:

It's been a while but today I opened up that code again and got a basic JOIN operator working. This is cool because ultimately I'd like to be able to join loosely related datasources; say across the mp3 tags in my music collection and the data on my last.fm account.

So just now I've been able to get this unit test to pass:

[TestMethod]
public void SimpleJoin()
{
    IEnumerable source<Person> = TestData.GetPeople();
    IEnumerable families<Family> = TestData.GetFamilies();

    var answer = source.Join(families, p => p.Address, f => f.Address,
        (p, f) => new FamilyMember 
	{ Name = p.Name, LastName = f.Name, Location = f.Address });

    var result = source.Query<Person, Family, FamilyMember>
              ("SELECT Name, that.Name AS LastName, Address AS Location 
              FROM this INNER JOIN that ON this.Address = that.Address", families);

    Assert.IsTrue(result.SequenceEqual(answer));
}

This is cool because now I can start generating complex queries without having compile time knowledge of the underlying data structures. Once I get things fleshed out further, I'll update things on CodeProject.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

About the Author

Don Kackman
Team Leader Starkey Laboratories
United States United States
The first computer program I ever wrote was in BASIC on a TRS-80 Model I and it looked something like:
10 PRINT "Don is cool"
20 GOTO 10
It only went downhill from there.
 
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GeneralCase Pinmemberelhumbertoz20-Sep-10 16:41 
GeneralRe: Case PinmemberDon Kackman21-Sep-10 3:50 

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