LinqConnect 4.2 with LINQPad Integration and Entity Developer 5.5!

April 4, 2013

Devart is glad to present the new version of LinqConnect 4.2 - 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 a new version of Entity Developer 5.5 with a large number of improvements and LINQPad integration.

LINQPad Integration

New version of LinqConnect provides a LINQPad driver that allows performing queries against the corresponding databases using LinqConnect ORM models. Both static (for precompiled DataContext) and dynamic (for automatic generation of context and entity classes) drivers are supported. You can read more about LINQPad support on our LINQPad Support in LinqConnect page.

Code Generation Improvements

Entity Developer 5.5 offers the following new templates:

  • MVC Controller and MVC View Advanced - templates designed for generating an ASP.NET MVC Controller and View for using entity classes in ASP.NET MVC applications. Our MVC View Advanced template offers significant advantages over the standard MVC Scaffolding template. It supports such advanced features as sorting, filtering, and paging.
  • Data Annotations Metadata - generates Data Annotations metadata classes and decorate entity classes and properties with Data Annotations attributes that specify validation rules, data display settings, and define metadata for Windows Communication Foundation, Dynamic data, and WCF RIA Services.
  • Data Transfer Objects - template, designed for generating Data Transfer Object (DTO) classes.

Another new feature of code generation is that now you can generate context and entity classes to different namespaces.

Model First Improvements

Entity Developer 5.5 provides a number of settings to ease the Model First development. It allows you to define a set of properties that will be present in all the new entities, and when you create a new entity, these predefined properties will be added to it automatically.

Model initialization settings now allow you to specify if the string properties should be mapped to columns of unicode data type by default, and to set default facets for all the numeric properties.


Working with attributes is greatly improved. Now it is possible to edit attributes for several selected entities or properties at once. The Attributes page of the Model Settings dialog box has now the refresh button for refreshing the available attribute list for the selected assemblies.

Other Improvements

Generate Database Wizard now can generate DROP statements for database tables before CREATE statements. Update To Database Wizard offers a Recreate Database Tables setting to drop and recreate tables instead of altering them.

When adding a model object (a class, complex type, or enum) from Model Explorer to a diagram, or a table from Database Explorer to a diagram, now you can add them with all the related objects.

You are welcome to download LinqConnect.

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.