ADO.NET Provider for ExactTarget with Entity Framework Support

dotConnect for ExactTarget is an ADO.NET provider for working with ExactTarget data through the standard ADO.NET or Entity Framework interfaces. It allows you to easily integrate ExactTarget data into your .NET applications, and integrate ExactTarget services with widely used data-oriented technologies.

dotConnect for ExactTarget has the same standard ADO.NET classes as other standard ADO.NET providers: ExactTargetConnection, ExactTargetCommand, ExactTargetDataAdapter, ExactTargetDataReader, ExactTargetParameter, etc. This allows you quickly get started with it and eliminates the need to study any ExactTarget data access specificities.

Work with ExactTarget Data Easily

dotConnect for ExactTarget makes it simple to create .NET applications, working with ExactTarget data. It offers standard ADO.NET interface, and thus it's easy to master it. It's powerful design-time editors together with seamless Visual Studio integration allow you to work with ExactTarget data with less efforts and less code writing. See how easy it is with dotConnect for ExactTarget.

Connecting to ExactTarget from Server Explorer

To create a Server Explorer connection, you just need to:

  1. Click Connect to Database on the Server Explorer toolbar
  2. Change Data Source to ExactTarget Data Source
  3. Specify the login url to the data source, your ExactTarget user id and password

That's all, now you can work with ExactTarget data right in Visual Studio - select data from ExactTarget entities and edit it.



ExactTarget Data Binding

  • Build your data access layer without writing code manually
  • Configure dotConnect for ExactTarget components in powerful design-time editors
  • Bind data grids and other controls to ExactTarget data just by configuring the smart tags
  • Work with ExactTarget data just like with a database


Power of SQL





dotConnect for ExactTarget allows you to perform SQL queries against your ExactTarget data. Use SQL statements to work with ExactTarget accounts, contacts, leads, contracts, products, campaigns opportunities, and other objects.

Our provider offers full CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) support and allows you to get ExactTarget data with SELECT statements and manage data with INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements.

No need to study and use complex ExactTarget API, just use familiar SQL statements. You may use complex JOINs, WHERE conditions, etc. - all the SQL benefits, not available with ExactTarget API.

Entity Framework Support

dotConnect for ExactTarget allows you to access ExactTarget data via Entity Framework - Microsoft's recommended data access technology. It supports Entity Framework v4, v5, v6, and Entity Framework Core, and enables you to use the following Entity Framework features with ExactTarget data:

  • LINQ to Entities (no need for ExactTarget API)
  • Entity relations with lazy/eager loading
  • No need to post each edited/created object separately - a single SaveChanges() call to persist all the changed objects

dotConnect for ExactTarget provides enhanced Entity Framework support for ExactTarget data with a bundled visual designer for ORM models with Visual Studio integration - Entity Developer. Standard Visual Studio Entity Data Model designer is also supported.

How it Works


dotConnect for ExactTarget offers powerful local SQL engine for SELECT statement execution. It executes SQL statements in the following way:

Simple SQL statements are translated to ExactTarget API calls and executed on the ExactTarget side directly. However, dotConnect for ExactTarget also supports more advanced SQL features, such as SQL functions or expressions, complex WHERE conditions, joins, etc.

If you use these more advanced SQL features, dotConnect for ExactTarget queries all the data from the objects that participate in the query, and executes the statement locally.

How to Start

dotConnect for ExactTarget has a detailed documentation that can help you quickly get started with our product. Read our tutorials first:


Connecting to ExactTarget

This tutorial describes how to connect to ExactTarget either from Visual Studio Server Explorer or from application code via ExactTargetConnection.

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Retrieving ExactTarget Data

This tutorial describes how to get ExactTarget data with ExactTargetDataAdapter or with ExactTargetCommand and ExactTargetDataReader.

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Updating ExactTarget Data

This tutorial describes how to manage ExactTarget data with SQL and the ExactTargetCommand class or with the ExactTargetDataAdapter class.

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