Best way to check if object exists in Entity Framework?


What is the best way to check if an object exists in the database from a performance point of view? I'm using Entity Framework 1.0 (ASP.NET 3.5 SP1).


Answers:


If you don't want to execute SQL directly, the best way is to use Any(). This is because Any() will return as soon as it finds a match. Another option is Count(), but this might need to check every row before returning.

Here's an example of how to use it:

if (context.MyEntity.Any(o => o.Id == idToMatch))
{
    // Match!
}

And in vb.net

If context.MyEntity.Any(function(o) o.Id = idToMatch) Then
    ' Match!
End If