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Table-Valued Parameters: Multi-Columns

In previous blog posts we’ve seen how to use Table-Valued Parameters (TVP) that contains one column. Today we’ll see how to use TVP that contains two columns or more.

First we create our model:

CodeFluent Entities cannot create multi-columns TVP, so we simply use “object[]” to declare the parameter and we will create the table type by hand in an SQL file. For much convenience we’ll include the hand-written script in the generation process, so each time you generate the model, the custom script is executed J Persistence producers provide a way to execute a hand-made script before or after a standard generated script. Generated scripts are ran in a specific order, and you can plug-in your own hand-made ones by using the script name prefixed with the desired adjective (before or after). You’ll find a list of possibilities on the documentation page.

Let’s create a new SQL file named “before_<Project default namespace>_procedures.sql”

Then copy these lines into the before script file:

IF EXISTS (SELECT * FROM [dbo].[sysobjects] WHERE id = object_id(N'[dbo].[Customer_TVPInsert]') AND OBJECTPROPERTY(id, N'IsProcedure') = 1)
DROP PROCEDURE [dbo].[Customer_TVPInsert]

IF  EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sys.types st JOIN sys.schemas ss ON st.schema_id = ss.schema_id WHERE st.name = N'CustomerTableType' AND ss.name = N'dbo')
DROP TYPE [dbo].[CustomerTableType]

CREATE TYPE dbo.CustomerTableType AS TABLE
	FirstName	nvarchar(256),
	LastName	nvarchar(256)

We can now map the method parameter to this Table Type:

Note: If the parameter is not in the list, you can create it by using the Add button.

That’s it, we can use the generated code:

Customer.TVPInsert(new Tuple<string, string>[]
    Tuple.Create("John", "Doe"),
    Tuple.Create("Jane", "Doe")

Or maybe you prefer a typed version:

public class CustomerTvp
    public string FirstName { get; set; }
    public string LastName { get; set; }

    public CustomerTvp(string firstName, string lastName)
        FirstName = firstName;
        LastName = lastName;
Customer.TVPInsert(new CustomerTvp[]
    new CustomerTvp("John", "Doe"),
    new CustomerTvp("Jane", "Doe")

The TVPInsert method has a parameter of type “object[]”. You can change it to a typed one as we’ve seen in a previous blog post.


And voilà !

Happy Querying,

The R&D Team.

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