Thursday, March 22, 2012

Linq SelectMany and GroupJoin to do a join

Here's how to do a join between two arrays in a Linq Lambda expression:
var list1 = new int[] {1,2,3,4,5};
var list2 = new int[] {2,3};
var result = list1.SelectMany(l2=>list2, (l1,l2)=>new {l1,l2, sum=l1+l2})
.Where (x=>x.l1==x.l2)
.Select(x=> x); 

The result is this:

And now here is the GroupJoin version which actually does a nice left join:
var groupJoinResult = list1
  (l1, l2) => new {l1,l2}).Dump();

The result is this:

And finally to do a left join, use DefaultIfEmpty qualifier in inner query of select many, as shown in this stackoverflow q and a.

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