New Versions of Devart dotConnect ADO.NET Providers with Enhanced Entity Developer
dotConnect is a state-of-the-art database connectivity solution built over ADO.NET architecture and a development framework with a number of innovative technologies. In order to give more to its users, Devart releases new versions of ADO.NET data providers, offering greatly enhanced Entity Developer 4.1 with multiple improvements in usability and Fluent Mapping support as parts of updated dotConnect for Oracle 6.50, dotConnect for MySQL 6.50, dotConnect for PostgreSQL 5.50, dotConnect for SQLite 3.50 products
dotConnect features high performance data providers for the major databases and offers a complete solution for development database-related applications and web sites. Available for Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, and SQL Server, dotConnect products can be used in all areas of modern application development: web applications and services, windows forms applications, mobile and enterprise development. dotConnect ensures high performance, perfect stability, flawless security, wide featurelist, and reliable support.
Devart is delighted to announce the release of the new versions of ADO.NET data providers that offer new greatly enhanced Entity Developer 4.1 with new visual capabilities, and Fluent Mapping support.
Fluent Mapping Support for LinqConnect models
In the new versions of dotConnect ADO.NET providers for Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite Devart has added Fluent Mapping support for LinqConnect models. Fluent mapping provides the following advantages over XML and attribute mapping:
- Unlike attribute mapping, fluent mapping does not modify entity classes, allowing them not to be persistence-aware.
- Application code performs mapping, so mapping is always checked for errors during compilation.
- Mapping can be easily modified at run-time. For example, different DBMS can be used for persistence depending on the application settings.
- Fluent mapping allows you to employ the Code First (Code Only) design approach and to get rid completely of designing models or writing XML mappings.
Entity Developer Enhancements
* Extended Enum Type Support
The new version of Entity Developer supports ENUM types introduced in the Entity Framework June 2011 CTP release and contains other numerous enhancements. The application provides the drag-and-drop mechanism allowing to move enum types from the Model Explorer window on to the diagram's surface, and the Find in diagrams function that enables the user to easily locate enum types on the diagram. Properties of the Enum types as well as those of their members can be conveniently set and modified in the new Enum Type Editor, provided in this latest version. Subsequently, these properties are displayed in the Properties windows and can be edited directly in that window.
* Enhanced Visual Capabilities
Major improvements in the usability and user-friendliness of the application include entity shape coloring, selection-driven highlighting, application and diagram skins. The entity shape coloring function allows the user to define a custom coloring for any entity present on the diagram by changing its Shape Color property. The selection-driven functionality is intended to improve the readability of complex diagrams by visually indicating various interrelations between different entities present on a particular diagram. The general look and feel of the application is further modernized with sets of skins for the diagram.
There is no doubt that dotConnect users will benefit from multiple enhancements that come with the new version of the ADO.NET data providers. Improved Entity Developer and Fluent Mapping support for LinqConnect models will facilitate the process of application development, making it faster and easier.
Pricing and Availability
dotConnect line of products is available in following editions:
dotConnect for Oracle and dotConnect for MySQL are available in the Standard, Professional, Developer, Mobile and Express (free limited) editions.
dotConnect for PostgreSQL is available in the Standard, Professional, Mobile and Express (free limited) editions.
dotConnect for SQLite is currently available in the Standard and Professional editions.
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