Entity Developer 3.50 Beta with Significant Enhancements is Available!
April 21, 2011
Devart is glad to present the new Beta of Entity Developer
3.50, a powerful modeling and code generation tool for ADO.NET Entity Framework
and LINQ to SQL. The new version delivers numerous and significant enhancements
in template use and management alongside certain other functional improvements.
Now, it is possible to add more than one template to the model, register added templates
within the model and store them either in the Entity Developer resources, or in
the specified folder, or together with the model itself. The so-called "shared"
templates can now be easily shared between different models.
Another new feature in the area of template use and management is the possibility
to exclude templates from the process of code generation by setting their "enabled"
property to "false". This greatly improves the flexibility of the code
Template code can be easily edited in the improved built-in T4 editor. Our T4 editor
features extensive intellisense functionality, syntax highlighting, navigation to
definitions and declarations of objects and members, present in the template file
or included files, multilevel template inclusion and some others.
The range of templates available in Entity Developer is further extended with the
POCO template with XML mapping for LINQ to SQL and the POCO, Self-Tracking, DbContext,
and Fluent mapping template for Entity Framework.
Additionally, the Entity Developer application now features, alongside the FilePerClass
option, the EntitiesOutput and ContextOutput functionality that allows redirecting
code generation for entities and appropriate contexts to any folder or project.
Presently, Entity Developer makes it possible for developers to exclude classes
from being overwritten at each generation; in multi-layered application development,
this allows creating sets of sample classes that can later be modified as needed.
The use of extended properties defined directly in template code makes the process
of code generation much more flexible. The developer can customize the set of properties
of any element in the model by declaring extended properties both in template code
and in model properties. For example, you can add the Generate property to every
class and then exclude some classes from generated code by setting this property
Starting with this version of Entity Developer, developers can select attributes
from all available assemblies, set values of attribute parameters and assign attributes
to classes, properties or contexts of their model. Assigned attributes and the values
of their parameters will be present in generated code. For example, the System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotation
attributes that are used for validation.
You are welcome to download Entity Developer
If you wish to provide feedback on the new version, you can do it in our forums or with contact form.
There is also a feedback form, and
we are always glad to hear your comments and take into account your development
If you want to share your ideas about new Entity Developer features, you may do
it on the UserVoice.
See our blog article
for more information.