Using LINQ to Convert an Array Into a Generic List with C#

This is just going to be a short post, but I bet it’s something I do a large number of times so I thought I’d blog it.  Say you get back from something like a web service an array of objects.

In my case this:

cmRateResult[] cmRateResults = TransiteUtils.MakeRateRequest(_cmRateRequest);

Then, I want to convert that into


We all know the foreach way of doing it, about 5 lines of code

var cmRateResultsList = new List<cmRateResult>(cmRateResults.Length);
 foreach (var r in cmRateResults)

Or, my preferred way is to use the LINQ for syntax as follows:

var recs = (from data in cmRateResults select data).ToList();

But, it’s nicer (IMHO) to do it with LINQ chaining, though exactly the same. here it is:

var recs = cmRateResults.Select(data => data)).ToList()

Hope this helps!

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  1. Gicu Pruneanu says:

    Hi Peter,

    I was wondering to know which collection of objects performs better? cmRateResult[] or List?


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  3. Erm, yeah that should have come out as:
    List<cmRateResult> recs = new List<cmRateResult>(cmRateResults);

  4. Or you could just do:
    List recs = new List(cmRateResults);

    Not sure if it’s any less performant than the .ToList(), but it’s 100% more readable than the Linq version.

  5. Artem,
    I think I may just be link happy 🙂

  6. Artem Govorov says:

    Not sure why you even need Select, this would work for you: cmRateResults.ToList()


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