D.B D.B - 2 months ago 10x
C# Question

Query a many-to-many relationship with linq/Entity Framework. CodeFirst

How can I query a many-to-many relationship using Entity Framework code first and linq? The problem is that EF create automatically the relation table. So, I don't have it in my context.

This is the relational model:

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I need a list of Articles for a specific Category_Id, basically replicate something like that:

select a.Id, a.Title,a.ShortDescription
from Articles a
join CategoryArticles ca on ca.Article_Id=a.Id
where ca.Category_Id = @parameter

However my dbcontext only have :

public DbSet<Article> Articles { get; set; }
public DbSet<Category> Categories { get; set; }.

Thanks for any help.


You can do this:

var cat_id=1; // Change this variable for your real cat_id

var query= from article in db.Articles
           where article.Categories.Any(c=>c.Category_ID==cat_id)
           select article;

This way you will get the articles that satisfies the condition you want. This is the sql code that is generated by that query:

    [Extent1].[Id] AS [Id], 
    [Extent1].[Title] AS [Title]
    FROM [dbo].[Articles] AS [Extent1]
        1 AS [C1]
        FROM [dbo].[ArticleCategories] AS [Extent2]
        WHERE ([Extent1].[Id] = [Extent2].[Article_Id]) AND ([Extent2].[Category_Id] = @p__linq__0))