Datatable query by boolean first followed by MAX value RRS feed

  • Question

  • This is spinning me out, I'm sure its something simple...

    Basically I have a Datatable with a some data similar to the following

    Name, Price, New, Location

    item1, 6, True, AB
    item2, 5, False, AB
    item1, 7, True, AB
    item1, 10, False, AB

    I'm trying to use a simple Datarow Select to find the highest price but only if New is True, is there a way to do this similar to a SQL WHERE?

    Monday, April 30, 2018 8:29 PM

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    var max = (from a in datatable.AsEnumerable()
    where item.Field<boolean>("New") == true
    select a).Max();
    Monday, April 30, 2018 9:56 PM

    We could use LINQ to achieve it, and the following code for your reference.

    DataTable dt = new DataTable();
                dt.Columns.Add("Name", Type.GetType("System.String"));
                dt.Columns.Add("Price", Type.GetType("System.Double"));
                dt.Columns.Add("New", Type.GetType("System.Boolean"));
                dt.Columns.Add("Location", Type.GetType("System.String"));
                DataRow dr = dt.NewRow();
                dr["Name"] = "item1";
                dr["Price"] = 6;
                dr["New"] = true;
                dr["Location"] = "AB";
                dr = dt.NewRow();
                dr["Name"] = "item2";
                dr["Price"] = 5;
                dr["New"] = true;
                dr["Location"] = "AB";
                dr = dt.NewRow();
                dr["Name"] = "item1";
                dr["Price"] = 7;
                dr["New"] = true;
                dr["Location"] = "AB";
                dr = dt.NewRow();
                dr["Name"] = "item1";
                dr["Price"] = 10;
                dr["New"] = false;
                dr["Location"] = "AB";
                var max = (from row in dt.AsEnumerable()
                           where (bool)row["New"] == true
                           orderby (double)row["Price"] descending
                           select row).FirstOrDefault();

    Best regards,


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    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 2:53 AM
  • Similar to Zhanglong's approach.

    var dt = LoadTable();
    //Filter to the rows you care about using LINQ syntax
    var rows = from r in dt.AsEnumerable()
                where r.Field<bool>("New")
                select r;
    //Alternative approach using only methods
    //var rows = dt.AsEnumerable().Where(r => r.Field<bool>("New"));
    //Now get the max price
    var maxPrice = rows.Max(r => r.Field<decimal>("Price"));

    Note that I assume that the price is a decimal as that is what you should be using for monetary values.

    Michael Taylor

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 1:48 PM
  • Try the next Select too:

       DataRow foundRow = myDataTable.Select( "New=true", "Price DESC" ).FirstOrDefault();

    Then you can do:

       if( foundRow != null )


          decimal highest_price = foundRow.Field<decimal>( "Price" );

          // . . .


    • Edited by Viorel_MVP Tuesday, May 1, 2018 4:29 PM
    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 4:23 PM
  • A simple way. 

    The datatable has build in a DataView (which is a filter which can be set) the name of it is the property DefaultView

    Therefore you can use it as 

    OldTable.Defaultview.RowFilter = "Expression";
    var NewTable = OldTable.DefaultView;

    The expression rules is also with a link on that page.


    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 4:36 PM