LinqPad - Convert SQL to Linq command

LinqPad contains no SQL->LINQ translator. LinqPad does actually not contain any LINQ->SQL translator either. It relies on the .Net Linq-to-Sql library or Entity framework for the translation.

I don't know of any other tool with that capability either. In simple cases it would be possible to make one, but for more complex scenarios it would be impossible as there is no LINQ expression that matches some SQL constructs.

In general there are no tools to covert SQL to Linq as @andres-abel mention before, but sometimes you have to write Linq that will execute exactly as specified SQL (for example because of performance issues, backward compatability or some other reasons).

In this case I'll advice you to do reverse engineering by yourself:

  1. configure logging of dump SQL statements generated by Linq to stdout using
    • ObjectQuery.ToTraceString,
    • DbCommand.CommandText,
    • logger availabe to your data source
  2. manually rewrite Linq statement until you'll get what you need

There is a tool called Linqer, but be careful: transliterating from SQL to LINQ can give you the worst of both worlds.

For instance, suppose you want all purchases of $1000 or greater paid for in cash or by customers who live in Washington. Here's the query in SQL:

FROM Purchase p
        Customer c INNER JOIN Address a ON c.AddressID = a.ID
    ON p.CustomerID = c.ID  
   (a.State = 'WA' || p.CustomerID IS NULL)
    AND p.ID in
        SELECT PurchaseID FROM PurchaseItem
        GROUP BY PurchaseID HAVING SUM (SaleAmount) > 1000

How would translate this to LINQ? The wrong way is to transliterate the query into LINQ, trying to reproduce the outer and inner joins, subquery and group clause. The right way is to map your original query (in English) directly into LINQ, leveraging LINQ's linear flow of data and association properties:

I want all purchases...

from p in db.Purchases

...of $1000 or greater...

where p.PurchaseItems.Sum (pi => pi.SaleAmount) > 1000

...paid for in cash...

where p.Customer == null

...or by customers who live in Washington

|| p.Customer.Address.State == "WA"

Here's the final query:

from p in db.Purchases
where p.PurchaseItems.Sum (pi => pi.SaleAmount) > 1000
where p.Customer == null || p.Customer.Address.State == "WA"
select p

More info here.