Telerik OpenAccess ORM let you work your preferred way: either you start with your object model and Telerik OpenAccess ORM generates/maintains your database schema for you, or just start with your existing schema and let Telerik OpenAccess ORM reverse map it to a new object model.
Telerik OpenAccess ORM provides support for both approaches for years and it will get even better by providing complex functionalities out of the box like Roundtrip Mapping (see below).
Because we are getting requests for ‘Model First’ functionalities by our customers, and this is the way the upcoming version of Entity Framework names the Forward mapping scenarios, we would like to shed some light how it translates in the context of Telerik OpenAccess ORM:
This is featured on our product information page including further links to the relevant demos.
So moving forward, we will start using both wordings simultaneously and transition to the Entity Framework wording to make life easier for you.
Furthermore we have already introduced:
If you are totally new to ORM, Scott Ambler’s introduction to mapping might still be helpful.
To learn more about the various mapping techniques you can have a look to Object Relation Mapping Strategies and how to do it with OpenAccess in the documentation:
A good introduction into OpenAccess is the recorded Webinar (watch online, download wmv), which demonstrates Model First and Schema First, or the Falafel OpenAccess Made Easy courseware (available printed for purchase or free to download).
Model First / Forward Mapping
Schema First / Reverse Mapping
Entity Framework Model First Introductions:
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