Table-Valued Function in Entity Framework 5.0

Entity Framework 5.0 supports Table-valued functions of SQL Server.

Table-valued functions are similar to stored procedure with one key difference: the result of TVF is composable which means that it can be used in a LINQ query.

We have created a TVF GetCourseListByStudentID in the database that will return all the courses of a particular student. For example:

    USE [SchoolDB]
    /****** Object:  UserDefinedFunction [dbo].[GetCourseListByStudentID]  */  
    CREATE FUNCTION [dbo].[GetCourseListByStudentID]
        -- Add the parameters for the function here
        @studentID int
        -- Add the SELECT statement with parameter references here
        select c.courseid, c.coursename,c.Location, c.TeacherId
    from student s left outer join studentcourse sc on sc.studentid = s.studentid left outer join course c on c.courseid = sc.courseid
    where s.studentid = @studentID

Now, update your EDM and add this TVF into your EDM. Right click on the designer → select Update Model from the Database..

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Expand Stored Procedures and Functions node → expand schema node (dbo schema in our case) → select 'GetCourseListByStudentID' and click Finish. Make sure that the checkbox for 'Import selected procedures and functions into the entity model' is checked (this will import the function automatically).

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After you imported the function, you can verify it: Open Model Browser → expand Function Imports → right click on imported function 'GetCourseListByStudentID' → click Edit:

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You can see that EDM has automatically created the complex type GetCourseListByStudentID_Result as a return collection type.

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You can also select an existing entity as a return type if TVF returns the same columns as entity:

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Now, you can use TVF with DBContext. For example:

using (var ctx = new SchoolDBEntities())
    //Execute TVF and filter result
            var courseList = ctx.GetCourseListByStudentID(1).Where(c => c.Location.SpatialEquals(DbGeography.FromText("POINT(-122.360 47.656)"))))

            foreach (GetCourseListByStudentID_Result cs in courseList)
                Console.WriteLine("Course Name: {0}, Course Location: {1}", 
                            cs.CourseName, cs.Location);