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Significantly Improved Code Generation Tool for EF!

Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:03 AM

New version of Entity Developer for SQL Server delivers numerous and significant enhancements in template use and management alongside with other functional improvements.

Devart is glad to present the release of Entity Developer for SQL Server 3.50, a powerful code generation and modeling 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 generation process.

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 for SQL Server is further extended with the POCO template with XML mapping for LINQ to SQL and the POCO, Self-Tracking, DbContext, and Fluent mapping templates 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 in the designer.

Starting with this version of Entity Developer for SQL Server, 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 can be used for validation.

Pricing and Availability
Entity Developer for SQL Server 3.50 is available in two product editions: Express and Standard.
Express Edition is completely FREE software. It is limited to 10 entities in the project and does not allow customization of code templates.
Standard edition is a fully-functional application. Standard edition of Entity Developer for SQL Server is available for a price of $199.95.
Please, feel free to download the free version and try the standard version of Entity Developer for SQL Server 3.50 from http://www.devart.co...r/download.html
Users are welcome to write any comments and suggestions about Entity Developer 3.50 on its support page http://www.devart.co...er/support.html

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We specialize in providing comprehensive development and management tools as well as native connectivity solutions for the most popular databases, including Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, InterBase, Firebird, and SQLite.
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