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This is my code that works:

foreach (var r in rlist)
        if (r.IndexOf("_") != -1)
            int id = int.Parse(r.Split('_')[1]);
            var x_tmp = (from x in db.tblX where x.x_id == my_id && x.x_id == id select x).First();
            x_tmp.order = someNumber;

Is there a way to refactor this?

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Is it supposed to set the same order for all the items? Shouldn't you be incrementing the order? – ANeves Nov 19 '12 at 8:59
-1: also, why are you comparing x.x_id to both my_id and id? Does this code compile? Does it work as intended? Did you try to improve it by yourself before putting it on our collective table? – ANeves Nov 19 '12 at 9:03
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Seems you are calling the query a few times with id, so let's just call it only once with all of them.

(from x in db.tblX where x.x_id == my_id && ids.Contains(x.x_id) select x)

There you go, now IEnumerable's Contains function allows you to look up the id in a list of ids you have made in advance. I usually prefer to use LINQ methods, as simple LINQ expressions tend to be more complex than they should be:

db.tblX.Where(x => x.x_id == my_id && ids.Contains(x.x_id))

We can now use a plain foreach as suggested in comments, such that we don't have side effects:

var ids = rlist.Where(x => x.IndexOf("_") != -1).Select(x => int.Parse(x.Split('_')[1]));

var items = db.tblX.Where(x => x.x_id == my_id && ids.Contains(x.x_id));

foreach (var item in items)
    item.order = someNumber;



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Why are you suggesting ForEach()? I think foreach is more idiomatic and readable. And ForEach() also clashes with the idea of side-effects-free lambdas, that's behind LINQ. Also, your first ForEach() doesn't work, you want to use Select() there. – svick Nov 18 '12 at 18:33
Adapted answer to your feedback, thanks! Seems I need to think some more about avoiding side effects... – Tom Wijsman Nov 18 '12 at 18:53

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