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Convert Datatable to Collection using Generic

By , 13 Aug 2011
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Very nice!
I've modified ToCollection(this DataTable dt) extension function, so if DataTable column names and class property names are different, then you can use this alternative:
public static List<t> ToCollection<t>(this DataTable table, Dictionary<string,> dic)
    List<t> lst = new System.Collections.Generic.List<t>();
    Type classType = typeof(T);
    PropertyInfo[] propertyInfoList = classType.GetProperties();
    List<datacolumn> columnsList = table.Columns.Cast<datacolumn>().ToList();
    T t;
    foreach (DataRow item in table.Rows)
        t = (T)Activator.CreateInstance(classType);
        foreach (PropertyInfo oneInfo in propertyInfoList)
                DataColumn d = columnsList.Find(col => col.ColumnName == dic[oneInfo.Name]);
                if (d != null) oneInfo.SetValue(t, item[dic[oneInfo.Name]], null);
    return lst;
public class Person
    public string FirstName { get; set; }
    public string LastName { get; set; }

public DataTable getTable()
    DataTable dt = new DataTable();
    dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("FIRST_NAME", typeof(string)));
    dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("LAST_NAME", typeof(string))); 
    DataRow dr;
    for (int i = 1; i < 11; i++)
        dr = dt.NewRow();
        dr["FIRST_NAME"] = "First Name" + i;
        dr["LAST_NAME"] = "Last Name" + i;
    return dt;
DataTable table = getTable();
Dictionary<string,> dic = new Dictionary<string,>();
dic.Add("FirstName", "FIRST_NAME");
dic.Add("LastName", "LAST_NAME"); 
List<person> lst = table.ToCollection<person>(dic);</person></person>


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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 I really liked it!! PinmemberAnurag Gandhi23-Aug-11 2:07 

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