I was wondering if CAML query Value Types are strongly typed or not. It would save me some time if I didn't have to specify "text" or "date" every time I made a query.

Here is the code I am using, its part of a helper method that allows me to grab an item based on a certain field and that field's value.

String camlQuery = "<Where><Eq><FieldRef Name ='" + internalFieldName + "' /><Value Type='" + fieldType + "'>" + fieldValue + "</Value></Eq></Where>

I would like to get rid of the if possible.


You don't necessarily do but it is highly recomanded to do so when you know them (particularly for Lookup, User, Data) while filtering. Pasted more examples below for your reference.

      <ProjectProperty Name="Title"      Nullable="TRUE" />
      <ProjectProperty Name="Url"        Nullable="TRUE" />
      <FieldRef Name="EncodedAbsUrl"     Nullable="TRUE" />
      <FieldRef Name="PublishingContact" Nullable="TRUE" />
      <FieldRef Name="Title"                             />
      <FieldRef Name="FileRef"                           />
      <FieldRef Name="Comments"                          />
      <FieldRef Name="ID"                                />
      <FieldRef Name="Modified"                          />
      <FieldRef Name="Created"                           />
      <FieldRef Name="PublishingRollupImage"             />
      <FieldRef Name="Author"                            />
      <FieldRef Name="Editor"                            />
                  <FieldRef Name="ContentTypeId" />
                  <Value Type="Text">0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF39001bb192640f8748d78db60217bd43598900f8c9db8d7f634c95bfd7ee95032f71c2</Value>
                  <FieldRef Name="ContentTypeId" />
                  <Value Type="Text">0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF39001bb192640f8748d78db60217bd435989004896ce0317db45a9ae9e840754b48672</Value>
               <FieldRef Name="_ModerationStatus" />
               <Value Type="ModStat">Approved</Value>
         <FieldRef Name="Modified" Ascending="FALSE" />

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