Visual C# | LINQ with Entity Frameworks exercise | Return an anonymous type from LINQ to show event details

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Software ==> Visual C#  (79 exercises)
Version ==> Any version of C#
Topic ==> LINQ with Entity Frameworks  (4 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Course ==> Intermediate C#
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help). Once you've done this:
  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 based on the WorldEvents database (tick all of the tables).

Create a form called frmEventsList containing a datagridview, and get this to show a list of events when you load the form (but see notes below for how to do this):

List of events

You should use an anonymous type to return a list of events, as shown below.  See below for more on how to proceed!

To get this to work, write a LINQ statement which selects rows from the tblEvent table in ascending date order, and from this return an anonymous type containing the following fields:

Field Notes
What The event name
When The event date
Country The country name from the tblCountry table
Category The category name from the tblCategory table

The entity model should include relationships brought in from the SQL Server database, so you shouldn't need to create any joins.  To get the first 5 events, use Take.

When everything is working OK, you can close down your form!

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