This comes up quite often in my work where I want to check if a value from one list is in another list.

Perhaps you need to check if a user has a permission do do something.

You have a list of the user's roles and you have a list of roles that are allowed to do the thing. With the code below, you can pass in the two lists and get a true or false answer back for if there was a match.

public static bool ListsContainAMatchingValue(IEnumerable<string> listA, IEnumerable<string> listB)
return listA.Any(x => listB.Contains(x));

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Paul Seal

Umbraco MVP and .NET Web Developer from Derby (UK) who specialises in building Content Management System (CMS) websites using MVC with Umbraco as a framework. Paul is passionate about web development and programming as a whole. Apart from when he's with his wife and son, if he's not writing code, he's thinking about it or listening to a podcast about it.

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