LinqInstantFeedbackSource Class

The data source for the GridControl and SearchLookUpEdit that binds these controls to any queryable source (‘LINQ to SQL Classes’) in Instant Feedback Mode.

Namespace: DevExpress.Data.Linq

Assembly: DevExpress.Data.v21.2.dll


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public class LinqInstantFeedbackSource :


Instant Feedback binding mode is an improvement over regular server mode. In server mode, the Grid Control loads data in small portions and delegates all data operations (sorting, grouping, filtering and calculating summaries) to the data server. This is the key to the server mode’s high efficiency when working with large volumes of data. The only drawback to using server mode involves data operations when the connection to the server is slow. In this instance, the bound control freezes until the data server completes operations and retrieves results. With Instant Feedback binding mode, data operations are performed asynchronously in a background thread, and both the bound control and the application remain highly responsive. Currently, this mode is supported by the GridControl and SearchLookUpEdit controls.

For additional information on Instant Feedback mode, refer to the Large Data Sources: Server and Instant Feedback Modes section.


The LinqInstantFeedbackSource is a read-only data source.


This example demonstrates how to initialize a LinqInstantFeedbackSource, to retrieve data from a “Purchasing.PurchaseOrderHeader” data table (included in the AdventureWorks database shipped with MS SQL Server). The PurchaseOrderHeader persistent class is declared, and mapped to the “Purchasing.PurchaseOrderHeader” data table using the System.Data.Linq.Mapping.TableAttribute attribute. Then, a System.Data.Linq.Table<PurchaseOrderHeader> is passed to the LinqInstantFeedbackSource in the LinqInstantFeedbackSource.GetQueryable event handler.

using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data.Linq;
using System.Data.Linq.Mapping;
using DevExpress.Data.Linq;

// The class describing the "Purchasing.PurchaseOrderHeader" table 
// from the AdventureWorks SQL database
public partial class PurchaseOrderHeader : INotifyPropertyChanging, INotifyPropertyChanged {
    [Column(Storage="_PurchaseOrderID", AutoSync=AutoSync.OnInsert, 
        DbType="Int NOT NULL IDENTITY", 
        IsPrimaryKey=true, IsDbGenerated=true)]
    // The property mapped to the primary key column
    public int PurchaseOrderID {

// The class describing the AdventureWorks SQL database
public partial class AdvWorksDataContext : DataContext {
    public System.Data.Linq.Table<PurchaseOrderHeader> PurchaseOrderHeaders {
        get {
            return this.GetTable<PurchaseOrderHeader>();

public partial class Form1 : Form {
    private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
        // Specify the key property of the PurchaseOrderHeader
        linqInstantFeedbackSource1.KeyExpression = "PurchaseOrderID";
        // Handle the GetQueryable event, to create a DataContext and assign a queryable source
        linqInstantFeedbackSource1.GetQueryable += linqInstantFeedbackSource1_GetQueryable;
        // Handle the DismissQueryable event, to dispose of the DataContext
        linqInstantFeedbackSource1.DismissQueryable += linqInstantFeedbackSource1_DismissQueryable;
        // Assign the created data source to an XtraGrid
        gridControl1.DataSource = linqInstantFeedbackSource1;
    void linqInstantFeedbackSource1_GetQueryable(object sender, GetQueryableEventArgs e) {
        // Instantiate a new DataContext
        AdvWorksDataContext dataContext = new AdvWorksDataContext();
        // Assign a queryable source to the LinqInstantFeedbackSource
        e.QueryableSource = dataContext.PurchaseOrderHeaders;
        // Assign the DataContext to the Tag property, 
        // to dispose of it in the DismissQueryable event handler
        e.Tag = dataContext;            
    void linqInstantFeedbackSource1_DismissQueryable(object sender, GetQueryableEventArgs e) {
        // Dispose of the DataContext


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