Entity Developer Overview

Entity Developer is a powerful ORM designer for ADO.NET Entity Framework, NHibernate, LinqConnect, and LINQ to SQL. You can use Model-First and Database-First approaches to design your ORM model and generate C# or Visual Basic .NET code for it. It introduces new approaches for designing ORM models, boosts productivity, and facilitates the development of database applications.

C# and VB code generation

Visual ORM Model Designer with Code Generation

Entity Developer allows you to create and edit NHibernate, Entity Framework, LinqConnect, and LINQ to SQL models visually, without typing a line of XML code. It supports creating all kinds of mapping, such as table splitting, mapping entity to several tables, complex types, inheritance hierarchies, creating entities from SELECT statements and methods from SQL code, etc. Code generation is very flexible due to using T4-like templates, allowing virtually anything you may want for code generation. C# and VB code can be generated for your model out-of-the-box, and you may even create your own templates for other programming languages.

ORM designer for NHibernate, Entity Framework and LINQ to SQL

Multiple ORM Support

Entity Developer supports NHibernate, Entity Framework, LinqConnect, and LINQ to SQL models. It offers a separate edition for each of the supported ORMs and the Professional Edition supporting all the three ORMs. Entity Developer for NHibernate and Entity Developer for Entity Framework allow designing NHibernate and Entity Framework models. See the Compatibility page for the list of ADO.NET providers, supported for these ORMs. Entity Developer for LINQ to SQL uses Microsoft SqlClient to connect to database. Entity Developer is also included to the professional edition of dotConnect for PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, SQLite, and Salesforce and to LinqConnect.

C# and VB code generation templates

Powerful Code Generation

Entity Developer provides powerful T4-like template-based code generation framework. It offers you a number of predefined templates for different use cases. They are templates for generating context, entities, and mapping, with support for fluent, attribute, and XML mapping, both persistence aware and persistence ignorant (POCO) entities, support for validation framework for entity property values validation, etc. Additional templates offer functionality of automatic generating MVC Controller and views, Data Transfer Objects with converter classes for entities, Data Annotations metadata classes and other features. All these templates provide a number of settings for rich configuration capabilities, and if these are not enough, you even can create your own templates.

Quotes

Let me say first, that the DevArt DotConnect for Oracle is fantastic. It solv ed the problem perfectly, which was to use LINQ with Oracle. The Entity Developer tool is amazing--I can make a data change and it compiles immediately.

Mark A. Abraham, Indiana State Department of Health

I have got to say that you guys are the most responsive group when it comes to fixing bugs. Many of the problems I have posted about have specifically been addressed in a subsequent release of your dotConnect for Oracle or Entity Developer products. This one wasn't even a complaint and you fixed it anyway. Thank you! Please keep up the great customer service, you guys are awesome!

Simon Kingaby, Piedmont Natural Gas
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Features

Approaches

Model First and Database First

Use any approach in your development - Model-First or Database-First.

Performance

Optimized Work with Large Models

Entity Developer provides optimized performance and convenient work with large models on all stages of development.

Queries

Data Viewing/Editing

Entity Developer allows executing LINQ or ESQL queries against the model, and view/edit data.

Validation

Model Validation

Entity Developer checks your model for errors asynchro­nous­ly while you edit it.

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