Visual C# | LINQ with Entity Frameworks exercise | List world events using LINQ and EF, with most recent first

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Software ==> Visual C#  (79 exercises)
Version ==> Any version of C#
Topic ==> LINQ with Entity Frameworks  (4 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Course ==> Intermediate C#
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  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

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If you haven't already got one, create a Windows Forms project (using Visual C#, obviously) called wiseowl.  Also if you haven't already done so, right-click in Solution Explorer and add an ADO.NET Entity Data Model.  For simplicity, it's probably easiest to choose EF 5.0 and select all of the tables in the database:

EF 6.0 would require you to add a NuGet package. Tick all of the tables.

A quick reminder before turning the page - the syntax of LINQ is as follows:

// create data context

var DataContextVariableName =

new EntityModelName();

// simple LINQ statemnt

var IEnumerableVariableName = (

from AnotherVariableName in


select EntityModelName


// set this to be data source of data grid view

dgvEvents.DataSource =


Create a new form called frmEventsList containing a datagridview, and use LINQ to set it so that when the form loads you see a list of events (with the most recent first):

List of events

What the form might show.

Test this works, then close all your Visual Studio windows.

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