Dynamic Result Sets

In addition to populating Typed POCOs, OrmLite has a number of flexible options for accessing dynamic resultsets with adhoc schemas:

Dynamic Results Examples

var aggregates = db.Select<List<object>>(
    db.From<Track>().Select("COUNT(*), MIN(Year), MAX(Year)")).First();

var keyValuePairs = db.Select<Dictionary<string, object>>(
    db.From<Track>().Select("COUNT(*) Total, MIN(Year) Min, MAX(Year)")).First();

var q = db.From<Track>().Select("COUNT(*) Total, MIN(Year) Min, MAX(Year) Max");

var customPoco = db.Select<Poco>(q).First();

var dynamicResult = db.Select<dynamic>(q).First();
long total = dynamicResult.Total;
long min = dynamicResult.Min;
long max = dynamicResult.Max;

var artistsWithTracksFrom93 = db.SelectMulti<Track,Artist>(db.From<Track>()
      .Where(x => x.Year == 1993));

$"\nArtists with Tracks from 1993:".Print();
foreach (var tuple in artistsWithTracksFrom93)
    $"\nTrack/Artist: {new {track=tuple.Item1, artist=tuple.Item2}.Dump()}".Print();

C# 7 Value Tuples

The C# 7 Value Tuple support enables a terse, clean and typed API for accessing the Dynamic Result Sets returned when using a custom Select expression:

var query = db.From<Employee>()
    .OrderBy(e => e.Id)
    .Select<Employee, Department>(
        (e, d) => new { e.Id, e.LastName, d.Name });
var results = db.Select<(int id, string lastName, string deptName)>(query);
var row = results[i];
$"row: ${row.id}, ${row.lastName}, ${row.deptName}".Print();

Full Custom SQL Example:

var results = db.SqlList<(int count, string min, string max, int sum)>(
    "SELECT COUNT(*), MIN(Word), MAX(Word), Sum(Total) FROM Table");

Partial Custom SQL Select Example:

var query = db.From<Table>()
    .Select("COUNT(*), MIN(Word), MAX(Word), Sum(Total)");
var result = db.Single<(int count, string min, string max, int sum)>(query);

Same as above, but using Typed APIs:

var result = db.Single<(int count, string min, string max, int sum)>(
        .Select(x => new {
            Count = Sql.Count("*"),
            Min = Sql.Min(x.Word),
            Max = Sql.Max(x.Word),
            Sum = Sql.Sum(x.Total)

There's also support for returning unstructured resultsets in List<object>, e.g:

var results = db.Select<List<object>>(db.From<Poco>()
  .Select("COUNT(*), MIN(Id), MAX(Id)"));


Output of objects in the returned List<object>:


You can also Select Dictionary<string,object> to return a dictionary of column names mapped with their values, e.g:

var results = db.Select<Dictionary<string,object>>(db.From<Poco>()
  .Select("COUNT(*) Total, MIN(Id) MinId, MAX(Id) MaxId"));


Output of objects in the returned Dictionary<string,object>:

    Total: 10,
    MinId: 1,
    MaxId: 10

and can be used for API's returning a Single row result:

var result = db.Single<List<object>>(db.From<Poco>()
  .Select("COUNT(*) Total, MIN(Id) MinId, MAX(Id) MaxId"));

or use object to fetch an unknown Scalar value:

object result = db.Scalar<object>(db.From<Poco>().Select(x => x.Id));

Selecting from multiple tables

You can also select data from multiple tables into dynamic result sets which provide several Convenience APIs for accessing data from an unstructured queries.

Using dynamic:

var q = db.From<Employee>()
    .Select<Employee, Department>((e, d) => new { e.FirstName, d.Name });
List<dynamic> results = db.Select<dynamic>(q);
foreach (dynamic result in results)
    string firstName = result.FirstName;
    string deptName = result.Name;

Dictionary of Objects:

List<Dictionary<string,object>> rows = db.Select<Dictionary<string,object>>(q);

List of Objects:

List<List<object>> rows = db.Select<Dictionary<string,object>>(q);

Custom Key/Value Dictionary:

Dictionary<string,string> rows = db.Dictionary<string,string>(q);