New version of Entity Developer

New Release of Entity Developer with Numerous Enhancements!

May 22, 2012

Devart is glad to announce the release of Entity Developer 4.4 with support for collections of components, default column facets for the model (for NHibernate models), etc.

New version of Entity Developer extends NHibernate mapping support - now it allows creating collections of components and components with navigation properties visually. You can now create associations to complex types and map additional columns of a join table of many-to-many association to a complex type properties. Navigation properties can now be separated to a complex type along with other properties. Additionally, Entity Developer now supports generation of the parent property, that stores a reference to the containing class for complex types. Entity Developer automatically determines the type of this property. If the complex type is contained in only one entity, this property will be of this entity type. Otherwise it will be of Object type.

In this version a possibility to specify default facets for the whole NHibernate model was added. These facets will be used for properties that don't have explicitly set facet values.

Diagrams now support notes and stamps. You can use notes to add text comments to your diagrams and even to create hyperlinks to external files. Diagram stamp allows you to specify the following information about diagram: diagram author, company, version, copyrights, project name, date.

Entity Developer also offers a number of usability improvements. For example, a shape color can be changed by selecting Shape -> Color from the shape shortcut menu. Expand All and Collapse All menu commands in the Diagram submenu of the shortcut menu allow you to quickly expand/collapse diagram shapes.

Cut/copy/paste functionality behaviour was changed. Now when you paste copied entities to a diagram where they are not present, the existing entities are added to the diagram, new entities are not created. When you cut entities, they are cut from the diagram, not from the whole model.

You are welcome to download and evaluate the new version.

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 needs.

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.