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Linq Casting: ToDictionary()

By on June 23, 2009 in linq with 0 Comments

In this post I will give an example how to cast a GenericList to Dictionary.

This example will use the following Blogger class.

public class Blogger
 public string FirstName { get; set; }
 public string LastName { get; set; }
 public int Age { get; set; }
 public string Blog { get; set; }

The example will cast a List<Blogger> to a dictionary with key FirstName, Lastname and value the Age of the blogger.


List<Blogger> personList = new List<Blogger>();
personList.Add(new Blogger { FirstName = "Pieter", LastName = "Brinkman", Age = 27, Blog = "" });
personList.Add(new Blogger { FirstName = "Mark", LastName = "van Aalst", Age = 26, Blog = "" });
personList.Add(new Blogger { FirstName = "Bas", LastName = "Hammendorp", Age = 32, Blog = "" });

// with key FirstName + LastName and value Age

Dictionary<string, int> AgeDictionary =
 personList.ToDictionary(x => x.FirstName + " " + x.LastName,
       x => x.Age,


foreach (KeyValuePair<string, int> item in AgeDictionary)
 Response.Write("key: " + item.Key + " - value: " + item.Value + "<br />");

//key: Pieter Brinkman - value: 27
//key: Mark van Aalst - value: 26
//key: Bas Hammendorp - value: 32

 Hope it helps.

About the Author

About the Author: Pieter is Technical Marketing Manager for Sitecore Netherlands and owner of He has more than ten years experience with software developing in multiple programming languages and with different Content Management Systems. Before joining Sitecore Pieter was a lead developer for multiple Sitecore and .Net projects, he joined Sitecore in 2011 as an Solution Architect in The Netherlands, after two years as an Solution Architect he joined the Technical Marketing department. In the role as Techinical Marketing Manager he is responsible for the Global MVP program and the Sitecore technical branding strategy. You can follow Pieter on twitter: @pieterbrink123 or Google+ .


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