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Working with PowerShell Scripts in LINQPad

Execute LINQ queries to PowerShell scripts in LINQPad.

The CData ADO.NET Provider for PowerShell enables you to use standard ADO.NET interfaces like LINQ and the Entity Framework to work with PowerShell scripts. This article shows how to connect from LINQPad and execute LINQ queries.

Create the Data Model

After downloading and installing the provider and LINQPad, create a new class library project in Visual Studio.

See the help documentation for a guide to setting up an EF 6 project to use the provider.

  1. Right-click your project and click Add -> New Item -> ADO.NET Entity Data Model. In the resulting dialog, select Code First from database. Click New Connection and specify the connection string options in the resulting wizard.

    The ScriptLocation, under the Data section, must be set to a valid script location.

    Below is a typical connection string:

    ScriptLocation='%Public%\Documents\CData PowerShell Scripts';ExecuteQuery=True;
  2. Select the desired tables and views and click Finish to create the data model.

  3. Build the project. The generated files can be used to create the PowerShell connection in LINQPad.

Connect to PowerShell Scripts in LINQPad

After you have obtained the required connection properties and created the data model assembly, follow the steps below to start using the data model in LINQPad.

  1. Open LINQPad and click Add Connection.

  2. Select the "Use a typed data context from your own assembly" option.

  3. Select Entity Framework DbContext.

  4. Click Browse next to the Path to Custom Assembly box and browse to your project folder. Browse to the .dll or .exe under the bin folder.

  5. Select the name of the DbContext.
  6. If you saved your connection string in App.Config, specify the path to the App.config.

You can now query PowerShell scripts through LINQPad. For examples of the supported LINQ queries, see the "LINQ and Entity Framework" chapter in the help documentation.