The Data Access Visual Designer is a visual tool integrated in Visual Studio. It enables point-and-click modification of your domain model, such as create and modify entities, associations, mapping and inheritance relationships. It also helps you validate the domain model. The Visual Designer consists of a design surface and several editors and tools for viewing and editing your mappings, creating objects, associations and inheritance relationships.
To make it easier to get an application up and running in Visual Studio, Telerik Data Access offer several projects templates (.NET3.5+) to help you get started. The project templates will create the following Data Access-enabled projects and files for you: ASP.NET Web Site, ASP.NET Ajax Web Application, Class Library, and Fluent Library (for code-first developers). You can begin your ASP.NET Dynamic Data project with generating all your custom pages with the Telerik Data Access Dynamic Data Application project template.
The Data Access Create Model Wizard auto-generates your domain model together with a source code file (C# or VB.NET) from an existing database within minutes. During the process, you choose which tables, views and stored procedures to include in the domain model. You control various aspects of the model creation, such as naming rules and default namespace.
The Model Wizard enables you to do the conceptual modeling first and then create a database supportiing the domain model. It generates the schema definition script for creating (or the schema migration script for migrating) a database from an existing conceptual model.
Use the Database Wizard to update your domain model after changes have been made to the underlying database. It shows the difference between the database content and the model in terms of what tables/columns/views/objects have been added, changed or deleted in the database. It then gives you the ability to choose what actions to take for each in order to update the model.
The Telerik Service Wizard is tremendous time-saver, because it automatically generates the C# or VB.NET code and all necessary project files for using Telerik Data Access entities with many web services, saving the developer time and eliminating syntax errors and possible issues if done by hand. The Service Wizard can also create a Silverlight application to consume the CRUD operations for selected entities in the project. The supported services are ASP.NET Web API, WCF RIA Services, WCF Data Services, Open Data (OData) Protocol, WCF Endpoint (Plain) Services, REST Collection WCF Services, and ATOM Publishing Protocol WCF Services.
The Domain Method Editor simplifies the set-up and use of stored procedures and database functions in Data Access applications. Use this editor when a stored procedure is included in the domain model to create a function (method) that returns a single scalar value, a collection of the Persistent Types, Complex Types or a no value. Adding a function enables you to call the corresponding stored procedure from your code. The information created from Domain Method Editor is passed directly to the code generation engine, where the corresponding complex types and methods are generated. The Editor utilizes the ADO.NET-like low level API of Data Access that gives you fast access to your data through the stored procedure.
Data Access supports Model Operations, which enable you to update your model in a few clicks. This is done through a simple dialog, which enables you to:
The Entity Framework and LINQ to SQL Conversion Wizards enable you to convert the corresponding data model to a Telerik Data Access Domain Model. The wizard is quick and easy to use.
This tool upgrades projects that use previous versions of Telerik Data Access to the newest version.
Data Access provides many more Visual Studio tools to help and guide you when working with your models:
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