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"How do you expose a LINQ query as an ASMX web service?

Usually, from the business tier, I can return a typed DataSet or a DataTable which can be serialized for transport over ASMX.
How can I do the same for a LINQ query?
Is there a way to populate a typed DataSet or a DataTable via a LINQ query?
public static MyDataTable CallMySproc()
string conn = ""..."";

MyDatabaseDataContext db = new MyDatabaseDataContext(conn);
MyDataTable dt = new MyDataTable();

// execute a sproc via LINQ
var query = from dr
in db.MySproc().AsEnumerable
select dr;

// copy LINQ query resultset into a DataTable -this does not work !
dt = query.CopyToDataTable();

return dt;

How could I put the result set of a LINQ query into a DataSet or a DataTable?

Alternatively, can the LINQ query be serializable so that I can expose it as an ASMX web service?

c# linq web-services .net-3.5

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Guest [Entry]

"As mentioned in the question, IEnumerable has a CopyToDataTable method:

IEnumerable<DataRow> query =
from order in orders.AsEnumerable()
where order.Field<DateTime>(""OrderDate"") > new DateTime(2001, 8, 1)
select order;

// Create a table from the query.
DataTable boundTable = query.CopyToDataTable<DataRow>();

Why won't that work for you?"
Guest [Entry]

"To perform this query against a DataContext class, you'll need to do the following:

MyDataContext db = new MyDataContext();
IEnumerable<DataRow> query =
(from order in db.Orders.AsEnumerable()
select new
as IEnumerable<DataRow>;
return query.CopyToDataTable<DataRow>();

Without the as IEnumerable<DataRow>; you will see the following compilation error:

Cannot implicitly convert type 'System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable' to 'System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable'. An explicit conversion exists (are you missing a cast?)"
Guest [Entry]

"Make a set of Data Transfer Objects, a couple of mappers, and return that via the .asmx.
You should never expose the database objects directly, as a change in the procedure schema will propagate to the web service consumer without you noticing it."
Guest [Entry]

If you use a return type of IEnumerable, you can return your query variable directly.