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Ashish Pandey

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Posted on    December-17-2013 12:46 AM

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I need to join multiple tables using repository pattern & Entity Framework (using C#). Is this possible?

 If so, please let me know how to do the same.

Thanks in advance!

Pravesh Singh

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Posted on    December-17-2013 1:26 AM

Hi Ashish,


In EF, joining tables is done through the use of Navigation Properties. Basically, EF does it for you. When implementing in your Repositories, may it be Generic or not, you can call the Include method when building your query expression to tell EF to populate the navigation properties for you.

public class Dog


    public int DogId { get; set; }

    public string Name { get; set; }

    public int OwnerId { get; set;}

    public Owner Owner { get; set; } // the navigation property


public class Owner


    public int OwnerId { get; set; }

    public string Name { get; set; }

    // another navigation property

    // all the dogs that are related or owned by this specific owner

    public ICollection<Dog> DogList { get; set; }

    public ICollection<Cat> CatList { get; set; }


Here's a sample code snippet using Include:

public virtual IEnumerable<Dog> Retrieve()


    var _query = context.Dog.Include(a => a.Owner);


    ...// rest of your code


And for multiple tables you can nest the include method like so:

public virtual IEnumerable<Owner> Retrieve()


    // you can nest as many as you want if there are more nav properties

    var _query = context.Owner

        .Include(a => a.DogList)

        .Include(a => a.CatList);


    ...// rest of your code


Once you include nav properties then that is basically joining those other tables. Just look at the SQL being generated by the query. Hope this helps!

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