Linq on generic object property RRS feed

  • Question

  • hello

    public T GetbyId(int id)
          return connection.Table<T>().FirstOrDefault(x => x.Id == id);

    i get error on the!

    Error CS1061 'T' does not contain a definition for 'Id' and no extension method 'Id' accepting a first argument of type 'T' could be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)

    so how to linq it?

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:02 PM

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  • That is correct. T is probably an object which doesn't have an Id property. If you want to require that T have this property then you need to put a constraint on T such that it implements an interface that has that property or derives from a type that does.

    public interface IIdentifable
       int Id { get; }
    public T GetbyId<T> ( int id ) where T: IIdentifable
       return connection.Table<T>().FirstOrDefault(x => x.Id == id);

    You didn't provide any context of what Table<T> returns but I assume it isn't EF or something like that. If it is EF then EF already has a Find method that can do exactly what you want without the need for the Id property. It already knows about PKs. For non-EF an expression might be the better route.

    public T GetbyId<T> ( Func<T, bool> finder )
       return connection.Table<T>().FirstOrDefault(x => finder(x));
    instance.GetbyId(x => x.Id == id);

    Michael Taylor

    • Proposed as answer by Fei HuModerator Wednesday, November 15, 2017 2:53 AM
    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 3:46 PM
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    Sunday, November 26, 2017 11:52 AM