Thursday, December 31, 2009

Extension points for ADO.NET Entity framework

I explored a bit more on Entity framework,during last week of 2009 and here goes my observations on how to extend the Entity Framework functionality if you want to customize the normal/ideal flow of Entity framework execution engine.

1) OnContextCreated

By default a declaration of this method will be there as a partial method in the generated code, and as the name suggest this will be invoked during the first time when the ObjectContext class gets created,Hence this is the right place if you want to execute some operation after the ObjectContext creation

2) OnChanging(value)

Again this is the partial method which will be executed when the value of the property of an EntityObject is getting materialized,Hence if you wanna to add some logic/validation when the object property is getting assigned this is the right place of choice for you

3) OnChanged

This is the other partial method which will be executed after the property value of an EntityObject is assigned,Hence after the assignement if you want to perform any operation here you can write..

Note : Both the OnChanging and and OnChanged will be executed every time when the EntityObject is getting materialized, So if you wanna to write performance intent code be aware of the side effects !

Happy programming and a very Happy new year


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