If you are a C# developer and work with collections as well as LINQ/Entity Framework , you would have come across these 2 interfaces
What is the difference between IEnumerable and IQueryable in C# ?
1. IEnumerable is used mostly for working with in-memory collection data where as IQueryable suits best when working with remote data sources or database.
2. IEnumerable is defined in the System.Collections Namespace whereas IQueryable is defined in the System.Linq Namespace.
3. IQueryable extends the IEnumerable interface . The IEnumerable has a GetEnumerator() method.
4. IQueryable supports lazy loading and can be used for paging scenarios where as IEnumerable cannot be.
Below is a sample example demonstrating the IEnumerable and IQueryable .
List<Movie> movies = new Movies(); IQueryable<Movie> moviesLinq1 = (from m in movies orderby m.Actor , m.MovieName select m).AsQueryable<Movie>(); IEnumerable<Movie> moviesLinq2 = (from m in movies orderby m.Actor, m.MovieName select m).AsEnumerable<Movie>();