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December 2013 - Posts

  • Entity Framework 6 Code First Migrations

    SharpDevelop 4.4 now has support for Code First Migrations using Entity Framework 6.0.2.

    On NuGet there is an EntityFramework.SharpDevelop NuGet package that includes the original Entity Framework assemblies along with custom versions of the PowerShell cmdlets, listed below, that work with SharpDevelop

    1. Enable-Migrations: Adds support for migrations to your project.
    2. Add-Migration: Generates code for a database migration based on changes to your database model.
    3. Update-Database: Applies migrations to the database.
    4. Get-Migrations: Shows the migrations that have been applied to the database.

    Now let us take a look at how to use the EntityFramework.SharpDevelop NuGet package.


    Before you begin you should have SQL Express installed. You will also need SharpDevelop version or above.

    We will look at using Entity Framework in a simple C# console application. This application will add a blog post to a SQL Express database and then read all the existing blog posts in the database. We used this example before in a previous blog post when using Entity Framework with SharpDevelop so we will not go into as much detail as before, instead concentrating on some of the new features that Entity Framework brings, such as logging and support for stored procedures.

    In SharpDevelop first create a new C# Console Application. Add the EntityFramework.SharpDevelop NuGet package to the project either by using the Manage Packages dialog or by using the Package Management Console window.

    Using Entity Framework

    Here is the code we will start with.

    using System;
    using System.Data.Entity;
    using System.Linq;
    namespace EFCodeFirst
        public class Post
            public int Id { get; set; }
            public string Title { get; set; }
            public string Text { get; set; }
        public class BloggingContext : DbContext
            public DbSet<Post> Posts { get; set; }
        class Program
            public static void Main(string[] args)
                Console.Write("Enter a post title: ");
                string title = Console.ReadLine();
                Console.Write("Enter the post text: ");
                string text = Console.ReadLine();
                using (var db = new BloggingContext()) {
                    db.Database.Log = Console.Write;
                    var newPost = new Post {
                        Title = title,
                        Text = text
                    Console.WriteLine("All posts in the database:");
                    IQueryable<Post> query = db.Posts
                        .OrderBy(p => p.Title)
                        .Select(p => p);
                    foreach (Post post in query) {
                        Console.WriteLine("Post.Title: " + post.Title);
                Console.WriteLine("Press a key to exit.");

    The above code uses the new logging feature of Entity Framework 6. The line after the database context is created configures Entity Framework to write information, such as the queries executed, to the console:

    db.Database.Log = Console.Write;

    Running the console application will cause Entity Framework to create a new database, add a new post to the database, and then read all the posts from the database. You will also see information logged by Entity Framework:

    INSERT [dbo].[Posts]([Title], [Text])
    VALUES (@0, @1)
    SELECT [Id]
    FROM [dbo].[Posts]
    WHERE @@ROWCOUNT > 0 AND [Id] = scope_identity()
    -- @0: 'first' (Type = String, Size = -1)
    -- @1: 'first post' (Type = String, Size = -1)
    -- Executing at 21/12/2013 12:09:06 +00:00
    -- Completed in 11 ms with result: SqlDataReader
    All posts in the database:
        [Extent1].[Id] AS [Id],
        [Extent1].[Title] AS [Title],
        [Extent1].[Text] AS [Text]
        FROM [dbo].[Posts] AS [Extent1]
        ORDER BY [Extent1].[Title] ASC
    -- Executing at 23/12/2013 12:09:06 +00:00
    -- Completed in 2 ms with result: SqlDataReader

    Database Migrations

    Now let us take a look at adding a new migration. Open the Package Management Console and run the following command to configure database migrations for the project.


    We will now use the new stored procedure support that was added to Entity Framework 6. Instead of inserting, updating and deleting posts in the database using SQL we will use stored procedures. To do this we modify the database context as shown below.

    public class BloggingContext : DbContext
        public DbSet<Post> Posts { get; set; }
        protected override void OnModelCreating(DbModelBuilder modelBuilder)

    Here we have overridden the OnModelCreating method and configured Entity Framework to use stored procedures for our Posts.

    Now generate a code first migration for the stored procedures by running the following command in the Package Management Console.

        Add-Migration StoredProcs

    This creates a new migration that includes a set of simple stored procedures for inserting, updating and deleting Posts in our database. Part of this generated code is shown below:

    public partial class StoredProcs : DbMigration
        public override void Up()
                p => new
                        Title = p.String(),
                        Text = p.String(),
                    @"INSERT [dbo].[Posts]([Title], [Text])
                      VALUES (@Title, @Text)
                      DECLARE @Id int
                      SELECT @Id = [Id]
                      FROM [dbo].[Posts]
                      WHERE @@ROWCOUNT > 0 AND [Id] = scope_identity()
                      SELECT t0.[Id]
                      FROM [dbo].[Posts] AS t0
                      WHERE @@ROWCOUNT > 0 AND t0.[Id] = @Id"

    Now you can add the new stored procedures to your database by running the following command in the Package Management Console window.


    The stored procedures can be seen using SQL Management Studio.

    Stored procedures created by Entity Framework

    If you run the console application now you will see the stored procedures being used when a new post is created in the console output.

    -- Title: 'second' (Type = String, Size = 1073741823)
    -- Text: 'second post' (Type = String, Size = 1073741823)
    -- Executing at 23/12/2013 12:21:47 +00:00
    -- Completed in 5 ms with result: SqlDataReader

    That concludes our look at using Entity Framework 6 code first migrations with SharpDevelop.

    Further Information on Entity Framework

    1. Entity Framework on the MSDN.
    2. Entity Framework 6: Database Access Anywhere, Easily - Rowan Miller's Tech Ed 2013 Talk.

    The code for the modified NuGet packages is available on GitHub.

    Posted Dec 23 2013, 01:28 PM by MattWard with no comments
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  • Using Fody with SharpDevelop

    Fody is a NuGet addin, written by Simon Cropp, that will weave IL instructions into your assembly after it has been compiled. IL weaving is the creation and manipulation of IL without the use of a compiler. To do the IL weaving Fody uses a MSBuild task and Mono.Cecil.

    Fody is a general purpose IL weaver and is extended using Fody addins, which are also NuGet packages. One example is the PropertyChanged addin which will inject INotifyPropertyChanged code for your class properties into your assembly without you having to write the code. Another example is the NullGuard addin which will add null checks to your code.

    For the full list of Fody addins see the list on the Fody GitHub page:

    Now let us take a look at using the NullGuard addin with SharpDevelop.

    You will need to use the latest version of SharpDevelop 4.4. Any version from or above should work. Previous versions of SharpDevelop would not correctly configure the path to the Fody assembly which would cause the project to fail to compile.

    Installing Fody

    Fody is a NuGet package so use either the Manage Packages dialog or the Package Management console to install the Fody nuget package into your project.

    Fody NuGet Package in Manage Packages dialog

    Installing the Fody NuGet package will add a FodyWeavers.xml and a Fody.targets file to your project. The FodyWeavers.xml file configures the Fody addins that will be used. The project itself will be updated so it imports the Fody.targets file which is a custom MSBuild targets file. Also a FodyPath property will be added to your project so the Fody.dll assembly can be located and used by the Fody MSBuild targets file.

    Installing NullGuard addin

    Search for the NullGuard.Fody in the Manage Packages dialog or use the Package Management Console and install it.

    Fody NuGet Package in Manage Packages dialog

    Installing the NullGuard.Fody NuGet package will update the FodyWeavers.xml file so the NullGuard addin will be used by Fody.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
      <NullGuard />

    NullGuard Generated Code

    Now let us take a look at what code is generated by Fody and the NullGuard addin when the following class is included in the project:

    using System;

    namespace NullGuardTest
        public class MyClass
            public void MyMethod(string parameter)

    Compiling the project will now weave in null checks into your assembly. If you open your assembly into ILSpy you can view the generated code, which is shown below:

    using System;
    using System.Diagnostics;
    namespace NullGuardTest
        public class MyClass
            public void MyMethod(string parameter)
                Debug.Assert(parameter != null, "[NullGuard] parameter is null.");
                if (parameter == null)
                    throw new ArgumentNullException("parameter", "[NullGuard] parameter is null.");

    The NullGuard addin has added null checks for the parameter being passed into the method without you having to write the code yourself.

    The generated assembly IL can be further controlled by adding attributes to your class. Further information on the supported attributes that are available can be found on the NullGuard GitHub page.

    That is the end of the quick introduction to using Fody with SharpDevelop.

    Posted Dec 01 2013, 03:53 PM by MattWard with no comments
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