Retrieving 10 records at a time only


  • Hi All,

    I'm currently looking into server side paging and data calls for the kendoUI grid. I can get the grid to perform the server side transaction but I have notices that even if a select all or select the top 10 the reads to the SQL database are the same.

    1. When returning all the records - it gets a sql profiler read of 104
    2. When returning only 10 records - it gets a sql profiler read of 104, as well

    Function used to return the data

    public List<Employee> GetEmployees(int take, int skip)


    return GetRepo<Employee>().All(null).where(p => p.IsDeleted == false).OrderBy(p => p.EmployeeNumber).Skip(10).Take(10).ToList();


    When the LINQ performs the 10 record call, I have used the built in .Skip() and .Take() functions. This method require an .OrderBy() function to work, and I have order by the Id column on the table.

    When you use the .Skip() and .Take() functions, it wraps a top 10 on the outside of the same query used to call all the records at once. Please see the sql extract taken from sql profiler,

    SELECT TOP (10) *
    FROM ( SELECT *, row_number() OVER (ORDER BY [Project1].[EmployeeNumber] ASC) AS [row_number]
    [Extent1].[Id] AS [Id], 
    [Extent1].[FirstName] AS [FirstName], 
    [Extent1].[LastName] AS [LastName], 
    [Extent2].[EmployeeNumber] AS [EmployeeNumber], 
    [Extent2].[WeeklyHours] AS [WeeklyHours],
    '0X0X' AS [C1]

    FROM [dbo].[Person] AS [Extent1]
    INNER JOIN [dbo].[Employee] AS [Extent2] ON [Extent1].[Id] = [Extent2].[Id]
    WHERE 0 = [Extent2].[IsDeleted]
    )  AS [Project1]
    )  AS [Project1]
    WHERE [Project1].[row_number] > 0
    ORDER BY [Project1].[EmployeeNumber] ASC

    The project is a MVC project and using framework 4.5.

    Is there a way to return the 10 records back without having to scan through the whole table? As the employee and person table will grow to be more than 1 million active records at any time. 

    If this is in the wrong category, my apologies for that.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:00 PM


  • I was able to solve the above issue. Please see the below link,

    Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:18 AM

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  • I was able to solve the above issue. Please see the below link,

    Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:18 AM
  • Hello,

    Glad to hear that you have found the solution and share it with us.

    Usually, as said in the link, we use the IQuerable<T> because it will translate the method like Take() and Skip() to sql statement, but ToList<T> and IEnumerable<T> will not, they just do the filter in memory.

    In a word,  cheers.

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    Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:44 AM