How to: Display LINQ to SQL Commands

Use GetCommand to display SQL commands and other information.


In the following example, the console window displays the output from the query, followed by the SQL commands that are generated, the type of commands, and the type of connection.

// using System.Data.Common;
Northwnd db = new Northwnd(@"c:\northwnd.mdf");

var q =
    from cust in db.Customers
    where cust.City == "London"
    select cust;

Console.WriteLine("Customers from London:");
foreach (var z in q)
    Console.WriteLine("\t {0}",z.ContactName);

DbCommand dc = db.GetCommand(q);
Console.WriteLine("\nCommand Text: \n{0}",dc.CommandText);
Console.WriteLine("\nCommand Type: {0}",dc.CommandType);
Console.WriteLine("\nConnection: {0}",dc.Connection);

' Imports System.Data.Common

Dim db As New Northwnd("c:\northwnd.mdf")

Dim q = _
From cust In db.Customers _
Where cust.City = "London" _
Select cust

Console.WriteLine("Customers from London:")
For Each z As Customer In q
    Console.WriteLine(vbTab & z.ContactName)

Dim dc As DbCommand = db.GetCommand(q)
Console.WriteLine(vbNewLine & "Command Text: " & vbNewLine & dc.CommandText)
Console.WriteLine(vbNewLine & "Command Type: {0}", dc.CommandType)
Console.WriteLine(vbNewLine & "Connection: {0}", dc.Connection)


Output appears as follows:

Customers from London:  
    Thomas Hardy  
    Victoria Ashworth  
    Elizabeth Brown  
    Ann Devon  
    Simon Crowther  
    Marie Bertrand  
    Hari Kumar  
    Dominique Perrier  
Command Text:  
SELECT [t0].[CustomerID], [t0].[CompanyName], [t0].[ContactName], [t0].[ContactT  
itle], [t0].[Address], [t0].[City], [t0].[Region], [t0].[PostalCode], [t0].[Coun  
try], [t0].[Phone], [t0].[Fax]  
FROM [dbo].[Customers] AS [t0]  
WHERE [t0].[City] = @p0  
Command Type: Text  
Connection: System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection  

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