Best way to Search Table RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've got a 75,000 record table (DeptItems) of items with a Description and a Department.  These are in an SDF database which I've built the EF model from.  I need to match an item Description in a sale to the item Description in a 75k items table and return the Department for that item. 

    My question is what would be the best and fastest way to do this as I'm adding items to the SaleItems table.  Do I go ahead and grab the entire table once at the start of the app and put it into a static list or dictionary and then do searches against that?  In the back of my mind I'm thinking all of this could be very slow. I've added an index unto the Description column of the DeptItems table. 

    Or is it faster to search against the entity model as it is somehow. From what I've read I don't want to use Linq because it is slow.

    Could someone point me in the right direction?



    Monday, September 30, 2019 4:57 PM

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  • Hi Harry,

    In addition to using Linq, you can also use SqlQuery to execute SQL query statements on known entities.

        using (var context = new MyDBContext())
            var posts = context.Posts.SqlQuery("SELECT * FROM dbo.Posts").ToList();

    Here is the document you can refer to.

    Database.SqlQuery Method



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    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 5:31 AM
  • the way I'm doing it now is this:

     internal List<DeptItem> GetDeptItems()
                Entities pse = new Entities();
                List<DeptItem> deptItems = new List<DeptItem>();
                var DeptItems = from di in pse.DeptItems                           
                                select di;
                foreach (DeptItem deptItem in DeptItems)
                return deptItems;

    Which works - tried to test your code and couldn't get the context set correctly.


    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 7:11 PM