Jared Jared - 1 month ago 9
C# Question

Limit Number of Results being returned in a List from Linq

I'm using Linq/EF4.1 to pull some results from a database and would like to limit the results to the (X) most recent results. Where X is a number set by the user.

Is there a way to do this?

I'm currently passing them back as a

List
if this will help with limiting the result set. While I can limit this by looping until I hit X I'd just assume not pass the extra data around.

Just in case it is relevant...
C# MVC3 project running from a SQL Server database.

Answer

Use the Take function

int numberOfrecords=10; // read from user
listOfItems.OrderByDescending(x => x.CreatedDate).Take(numberOfrecords)

Assuming listOfItems is List of your entity objects and CreatedDate is a field which has the date created value (used here to do the Order by descending to get recent items).

Take() Function returns a specified number of contiguous elements from the start of a sequence.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb503062.aspx