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, 12 Apr 2014 CPOL
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Removing entity if it exists


This small tip offers a solution to a "problem" that kind of annoyed me. The scenario is that you need to remove record(s) from the database, that might exist based on some predicate. You then use DbSet<T>.Remove(), but since DbSet<T>.Remove() can't handle a null parameter you can't do:

context.EntitySet.Remove(context.EntitySet.SingleOrDefault(e => <some predicate>)); 

Instead you need to do something like:

T entity = context.EntitySet.SingleOrDefault(e => <some predicate>);
if(entity != null)

The Code

To make the above a bit more straight forward, I wrote this simple extension method:

static class DbSetExtensions
    public static void RemoveIfExists<T>(this DbSet<T> 
    theDbSet, Expression<Func<T, bool>> thePredicate) where T : class
        foreach(T entity in theDbSet.Where(thePredicate))

Using this extension method, the removal can be made like e.g.:

context.EntitySet.RemoveIfExists(e => e.PropA == 1 && e.PropB > 2);


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About the Author

Robert Lindblom
Software Developer (Senior)
Sweden Sweden
Working as an independent software contractor, specializing in .Net technologies.

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Generalnice PinmemberSk8tz14-Apr-14 9:49 

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