Samy Sammour Samy Sammour - 11 months ago 77
ASP.NET (C#) Question

Error while converting nullable datetime to string in LINQ MVC

I am developing an MVC system with a Kendo UI. I have to send a "date" from a filter button in View to the controller and filter the LINQ. I used this code:

public ActionResult Grid_ReadLogAdminList([DataSourceRequest] DataSourceRequest request, string filterDate)
DateTime _temp;
if (!DateTime.TryParse(filterDate, out _temp))
_temp = DateTime.Now;

return Json(_context.Entities<LogAdmin>().NoTracking().OrderByDescending(l => l.TimeStamp)
.Where(f => f.TimeStamp.Value.ToString("dd.MM.yyyy") == _temp.ToString("dd.MM.yyyy"))
.Select(l => new LogAdminInfo
Id = l.Id,
Message = l.Message,
MessageTemplate = l.MessageTemplate,
Level = l.Level,
TimeStamp = l.TimeStamp,
Exception = l.Exception,
Properties = l.Properties,
LogEvent = l.LogEvent,

but it gave me an error with the ".Where". you should know that TimeStamp field is "datetime?" nullable datetime.

I received this Error:

LINQ to Entities does not recognize the method 'System.String
ToString()' method, and this method cannot be translated into a store

how can I fix the Error?

Answer Source

The error is pretty indicative LINQ to Entities does not support the ToString method, you should compare your dates using another approach.

Based on your code I assume you are only interested in the date part of the DateTime for comparison so I suggest you to try DbFunctions.TruncateTime Method:

Where(f => DbFunctions.TruncateTime(f.TimeStamp) == DbFunctions.TruncateTime(_temp))