LINQ Select Distinct Sorted Using Group C# RRS feed

  • Question

  • Suppose I have an unsorted table like this:

    RecordID Product BrewDate Batch
    4417 IPA 10/29/2013 74
    4395 IPA 10/28/2013 74
    4573 IPA 10/27/2013 75


    I am trying to create a LINQ to EF query in C# that will return a list of records that have a distinct Batch # and most recent date.

    I can get it to work correctly using Distinct and IEqualityComparer but I read that it is inefficient since it grabs all the data in the table which in this case is very large.

    I want to use grouping like this:

    var distinctQuery = from x in MyDatabase.BeerTable                                    
                                 group x by x.Batch
                                 into uniqueBatches 
                                 select uniqueBatches.FirstOrDefault();

    distinctQuery = distinctQuery.OrderByDescending(x => x.Batch);

    This works but its getting the wrong distinct records; it gets 4395 when I want 4417.  How do I tell the group to sort based on date before it picks FirstOrDefault?


    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:49 PM


  • Hello,

    >>How do I tell the group to sort based on date before it picks FirstOrDefault?

    Have a try this:

    select uniqueBatches.OrderByDescending(u => u.BrewDate).FirstOrDefault();

    The result:


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    • Marked as answer by smyrin Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:53 PM
    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:12 AM