How to pass a LINQ result to a method?

Right now you are creating a collection that's based on an anonymous type (actually two anonymous types), which cannot practically be passed to another method (other than by using reflection or dynamic). The cleanest way is to create a concrete type that represents the collection - something like

public class ActivityGroup
    public DateTime Fecha {get; set;}
    public IEnumerable<Activity> Activities {get; set;}

public class Activity
    public IEnumerable<Activity> Actividades {get; set;}
    public string NombreEmpleado {get; set;}

then change your query to:

var queryActividades = listaActividad
                .GroupBy(a => a.Fecha, (fecha, fechaActividades) => new ActivityGroup
                    Fecha = fecha,
                    FechaActividades = fechaActividades
                        .GroupBy(a => a.Empleado, (nombreEmpleado, actividadesEmpleado) => new Activity
                            Actividades = actividadesEmpleado,
                            NombreEmpleado = nombreEmpleado
                        .OrderBy(a => a.NombreEmpleado)
                .OrderBy(a => a.Fecha);

and pass it as an IEnumerable<ActivityGroup>

You can use the approach presented by D Stanley. But it would be kind a boring to have to create such classes for any similar query that you write in the future. Instead, you can introduce as generic class for that, like this

public class Grouping<TKey, TElement>
    public TKey Key { get; set; }
    public IEnumerable<TElement> Elements { get; set; }

and use it instead of the anonymous types like this

var queryActividades = listaActividad
    .GroupBy(a => a.Fecha, (fecha, fechaActividades) => new Grouping<DateTime, Grouping<string, ActividadEmpleado>>
        Key = fecha,
        Elements = fechaActividades
            .GroupBy(a => a.Empleado, (nombreEmpleado, actividadesEmpleado) => new Grouping<string, ActividadEmpleado>
                Key = nombreEmpleado,
                Elements = actividadesEmpleado
            .OrderBy(a => a.Key)
    .OrderBy(a => a.Key);

which can be be passed as IEnumerable<Grouping<DateTime, Grouping<string, ActividadEmpleado>>>.

As you can see, there is a trade off between reusability and readability. Basically this is a Tuple with a little more meaningful names. Note that although we cannot improve the verbosity in the result, we can use a similar technique to Tuple.Create to remove the verbosity inside the query, by adding a class like this

public static class Grouping
    public static Grouping<TKey, TElement> Create<TKey, TElement>(TKey key, IEnumerable<TElement> elements)
        return new Grouping<TKey, TElement> { Key = key, Elements = elements };

and use it like this

var queryActividades = listaActividad
    .GroupBy(a => a.Fecha, (fecha, fechaActividades) => Grouping.Create(
        fecha, fechaActividades
            .GroupBy(a => a.Empleado, (nombreEmpleado, actividadesEmpleado) => Grouping.Create(
                nombreEmpleado, actividadesEmpleado))
            .OrderBy(a => a.Key)))
    .OrderBy(a => a.Key);

You can't pass anonymous types between methods; if you need to pass the data to another method, you need to create an explicit named type that contains the Actividades and NombreEmpleado properties, and another one with Fecha and FechaActividades.


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    • 2015/5/22

    The LINQ query variable reorders the result in the way i need, which is to store by date and then by ActividadEmpleado and a string. However, 

  2. Cruz

    • 2015/12/2

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  4. Shane

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  15. Zachary

    • 2018/11/30

    The LINQ query variable reorders the result in the way i need, which is to store by date and then by ActividadEmpleado and a string.

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    • 2015/6/22

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