I've got a situation where I have a list of Organizations (code to follow), and a user has a list of OrganizationIds (ints). I want to filter down the full list of Organizations using the User's OrganizationId list for a dropdown list. The query works, but it feels like there may be a more optimal way to write it. Is there, or am I already pretty much optimized?

public class Organization
    public int Id { get; set; }
    public string Division { get; set; }
    public bool IsActive { get; set; }
    public bool IsDefault { get; set; }
    public string Name { get; set; }


vm.locations = _organizations.GetOrganizations().Where(o => ((ApplicationUser)User).OrganizationIdList.Any(u => u == o.Id)).Select(org =>
    new SelectListItem
        Text = org.Division + " - " + org.Name,
        Value = org.Id.ToString()
    }).OrderBy(item => item.Text);

1 Answer 1


Use a Dictionary<int, Organization> to look up organizations by their IDs quickly.

Your code will then look like this: OrganizationIdList.Select(id => organizations[id])....

Given your clarification in the comments that your are getting organizations from a database, you should let the database do the hard work for you. The code will depend upon the ORM you're using, but a relatively SQL-agnostic version of the query will look like this:

SELECT organization_id, division, name FROM organizations WHERE organization_id IN (?)

or this:

SELECT organization_id, division, name FROM organizations JOIN user_organizations
USING (organization_id) WHERE user_id = ?
  • \$\begingroup\$ GetOrganizations() returns a List<Organization> -- wouldn't the conversion to a Dictionary be more intensive? (I agree this is clearer and cleaner, though!) \$\endgroup\$ Aug 27, 2014 at 22:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @pennstatephil can you change GetOrganizations? Do the organizations change over time? Are they coming from a database? It's hard to recommend what to do without more context. \$\endgroup\$
    – mjolka
    Aug 27, 2014 at 22:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ they are indeed coming from a DB. while changes are not likely to happen often, they can occur. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 27, 2014 at 22:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @pennstatephil then you should let the db do the work for you. Either select from organizations where organization_id in ... Or select from organizations join users using organization_id where user_id = ... \$\endgroup\$
    – mjolka
    Aug 27, 2014 at 22:44

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