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I have an entity framework model in a MVC app.

The user will select a table by table name, and the table data will be retrieved for display in a grid.

I've gotten this far. See the code comments for where I'm stuck. Now that I have the type, how do I do what I need to do?

private void comboTables_SelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
    string tableName = comboTables.SelectedItem.ToString();
        using (GLPOC.Data.NGIPEntities nGIP = new GLPOC.Data.NGIPEntities())
            PropertyInfo property = null;
            Type tableType = this.GetTableType(nGIP, tableName, ref property);

            // this is what I'm trying to do in a generic manner - at this point,
            // I have the type and the property that I'm going to use
//          IQueryable<GLMAP_BROAER_DC> tableData = nGIP.GLMAP_BROAER_DC;
//          List<GLMAP_BROAER_DC> result = tableData.AsEnumerable().Select(p => p).ToList();

            // this line retrieves the tables data, but how do I put it into a 
            // list of the property's type
            var temp = property.GetValue(nGIP, null);

            //this.lvData.ItemsSource = (List<myType>)result;
    catch (Exception ex)
        if (ex != null) {}

private Type GetTableType(NGIPEntities nGIP, string tableName, ref PropertyInfo info)
    // get the properties in the entity
    PropertyInfo[] properties = nGIP.GetType().GetProperties();
    // find the property we want and set the ref parameter
    PropertyInfo property = (from item in properties
                             where item.Name.ToUpper() == tableName
                             select item).FirstOrDefault<PropertyInfo>();
    info = property;
    // determine the property's type
    string propertyName = string.Format("GLPOC.Data.{0}, GLPOC",tableName);
    Type type = Type.GetType(propertyName);
    // return the type
    return type;
Christopher Drake 13-Jan-14 12:50pm
Are you trying to add a new list item with that property value as a text value?
No, I simply want to retrieve the data in the selected table.

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Solution 1

Try something along the lines of :

string queryString = string.format("select {0} from {1}",fields,tableName); //Paramterise this to stop sql injection
List<ObjectParameter> someList= new List<ObjectParameter>();
///set params
ObjectParameter[] paramList = someList.ToArray();
ObjectQuery<tabletype> dynamicQuery = context.CreateQuery<tabletype>(queryString,paramList)</tabletype></tabletype>

Then you can do like:
var dataItems = from item in dynamicQuery select item;
return dataItems.ToList();

Good luck.

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