Skip to main content

One-to-Many mapping in LINQ

Thought of posting about how you can map a simple one-many reletionship in LINQ.
Lets take for an example the relationship between a country and its cities, which is one to many, one country can have many cities, If I define a class called Country and City and then ofcourse two table called Country and City,
I can map the reletionship in a simple way that looks like this

[Table]
class Country
{
[Column(IsPrimaryKey=true)]
public int CountryId{get; set;}

[Colum]
public string CountryName{get; set;}

[Association(OtherKey="CountryId")]
public EnitySet Cities{get; set;}
}

I guess the example explains it all. The Association attribute on the cities property actually
iniitiates this reletionship and you can see the return type is a EntitySet of type City.
The OtherKey property of the Association attribute is used to provide the property name on the
City class which should be comapred with the CountryId in the Country class.
The names of all the names of types in the class above exactly map to the names in the database i.e
there is a Country table and a CountryId column in the table.
Make sure to set the IsPrimaryKey=true to the correct field.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Hosting WCF services on IIS or Windows Services?

There came one of those questions from the client whether to use II7 hosting or windows service hosting for WCF services. I tried recollecting a few points and thought of writing it down.
WCF applications can be hosted in 2 main ways- In a Windows service- On IIS 7 and aboveWhen WCF was first released, IIS 6 did not support hosting WCF applications that support Non-HTTP communication like Net.TCP or Net.MSMQ and developers had to rely on hosting these services on Windows Services.With the release of IIS 7, it was possible to deploy these Non-Http based applications also on IIS 7. Following are the benefits of using IIS 7 to host WCF applications
Less development effort
Hosting on Windows service, mandates the creating of a Windows service installer project on windows service and writing code to instantiate the service, whereas the service could just be hosted on IIS by creating an application on IIS, no further development is needed, just the service implementation is n…

Task based Asynchronous pattern, Async & Await and .NET 4.5

One of the key features in .Net 4.5 is to write asynchronous programs much easier. So if I was to write asynchronous programs in .Net 2.0/3.5, I would either follow the event based model or the callback based model. For an example, a synchronous method that does intensive work (say the DoWork()) can be made asynchronous by using the following patterns
1) Implementing the IAsyncResult pattern. in this implementation, 2 methods are exposed for the DoWork() synchronous method, the BeginDoWork() and the EndDoWork() method. The user will call the BeingDoWork() passing in the required parameters and a callback of the delegate type AsyncCallback(IAsyncResult). The BeginDoWork() will spawn a new thread a return control back to the user. Once work is completed in the spawned method, as a last step, it will call the inform the AsyncResult implementation, which in turns will call the EndDoWork() (which is the callback that was passed in to the BeginDoWork()).
2) Implementing the event pattern. Her…

MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework), .NET 4, Dependency Injection and Plug-in Development

Almost after .Net 4 was released I remember reading about MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework), this was a framework for developers to compose their application with required dependencies. At first this looks like the Unity Container used for dependency injection, but MEF is much more than a dependency container but there is nothing stopping you from using MEF as a dependency injector.I remember around 5 years back when I was in a project that created a framework that allows developers to plug-in there modules as WinForm screens. The developer would create a set of screens with the intended functionalities and the drop this component in the bin folder of the framework and then will move on to do some painful configurations for the framework to pick up the module. Dropping the component into the bin folder and doing a bit of configuration is all that s needed for the framework to pick up display the screens. Typically, the configurations would also contain metadata about the screen.Al…