LinqConnect 3.0 Beta with Fluent Mapping Support Is Available!

August 25, 2011

Devart is glad to present the new beta of LinqConnect 3.0 - an enhanced LINQ to SQL compatible ORM solution with extended functionality, support for SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite. New version of LinqConnect offers you fluent mapping support.

Fluent mapping provides the following advantages over XML and attribute mapping:

  • Unlike attribute mapping, fluent mapping does not modify entity classes, allowing them not to be persistence-aware.
  • Application code performs mapping, so mapping is always checked for errors during compilation.
  • Mapping can be easily modified at run-time. For example, different DBMS can be used for persistance depending on the application settings.

Fluent mapping allows you to employ the Code First (Code Only) design approach and to get rid completely of designing models or writing XML mappings.

LinqConnect does not limit the use of the fluent mapping to the Code First aproach. If you want to use a legacy database, or you already have an existing model, there is no need to write the mapping code manually. Entity Developer includes Fluent mapping code generation templates, which allow you to utilize all the advantages of the fluent mapping together with benefits of visual model design and Model First/Database First design approaches. Design the model in the way you like, and Entity Developer will generate both entity classes and the fluent mapping code for you.

You are welcome to download LinqConnect at the download page.

If you wish to provide feedback on the new version, you can do it on our forums or with the contact form. There is also a feedback form, and we are always glad to have your comments and take into account your development needs.

If you want to share your ideas about new LinqConnect features, you may do it on the UserVoice.