Create duplicate database

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  1. Thomas
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    Jun 2011

    Posted 18 Jul 2011 Link to this post

    Today we have one MsSql database and one EntityDiagrams.rlinq file which are matched up.

    But for some installations we would ler the user decide for an SQLite database instead, and therefore we need to reverse engineer the EntityDiagrams to the new database, but we have no idea how to do this with OpenAccess.

    Thanks in advance
    -Thomas Leggett
    Eltek Valere
  2. Serge
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    Posted 20 Jul 2011 Link to this post

    Hello Thomas,

     For the time being we haven't fully implemented multi backend support for the visual designer, which basically means that you will be able to get it working though you will need to get a better understanding of OpenAccess.

    First of all if you setup your model correctly you will be able to connect to different backends using the same model. In order to do so there are a couple of things you need to grasp. The model that you have defined contains of two parts, a relational one (that describes the database schema) and a conceptual one (that holds the information about your CLR classes). 

    And of course the mapping between the two. The point is that the relational model sometimes holds backend specific information, for example the MetaColumn (that represents a column in the database) holds the information about the type, which is backend specific. 

    So in other words if you have information in your model that is specific to MSSQL you will not be able to connect to MySQL with the same mapping. Fortunately there is a way to work around this. As you have said you have started developing with the visual designer, so there is a big chance that you only have your conceptual mapping defined. If you have used OpenAccess to generate your database you have little trouble. 

    The point is that OpenAccess can create the relational part of the model (and the schema) on its own, just based on the backend you want to connect to. It will use the defaults that it knows are backend specific and populate your model. 

    In order to check the relational part of your model have a look at the Model Schema Explorer

    So basically the configuration you need to to is just change the backend you are connecting to in theBackendConfigurationSettings that are passed to the context. Have a look at the generated context class and the GetBackendConfiguration() method. The only thing you need to change in order to connect tomysql is the Backend. It should go from "mssql" to "mysql". Of course you will need to change the connection string as well. I will suggesting creating your own context class that can handle this and not using the generated one. 

    As to schema generation please have a look at this blog post.

     This should be enough to get you started, please do not hesitate to let us know if you face further trouble. I am looking forward to helping you set up your domain model. 

    All the best,
    the Telerik team

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