[Closed] Entity Framework Core Feature Suggestions

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  1. Composite Primary Key via Data Annotations

    Please allow us to use Data Annotations to define composite primary keys, like we could in EF6. This helps centralize each tables definition, making things clearer.

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  2. Azure Active Directory Integrated/Password/Token

    As an application,
    I need to connect to an Azure SQL Server database using an AAD login/token from an EFCore application,
    So that I can use .NET Core in a production environment.

    As it is now, .NET Core is not ready for enterprise applications for companies that use Azure Active Directory (AAD). In order for Entity Framework Core to gain a larger audience it is imperative that it support all connectionstring options for Azure that it has supported for Integrated Security in on-premise instances.

    Please make the time to implement this feature, it is important to the success of EFCore…

    19 votes
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  3. Check Constraints

    Add support for SQL Server's check constraints when using the ModelBuilder.

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  4. Visual Studio diagram designer

    A full fledged diagram designer that allows editing the EF Core model using boxes and lines metaphor rather than code. Where you can add/update/remove tables and views from an existing database.

    3 votes
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  5. Allow the database schema for the database context to be specified at run-time

    We use Oracle databases with different schemas for Train, Val, Prod, etc. for client installs, and even more schemas for internal Dev/Test databases (separate schemas for running manual tests, different schemas for different versions being developed/tested, etc.).

    The current restriction of having to specify a specific schema in the model means that we straight up can't use Entity Framework.

    1 vote
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  6. Provide a way to include transaction information in EF logging

    We're able to log the commands that EF is executing, by setting a delegate on DbContext.Database.Log.

    When you do this, you see "Started Transaction at ..." and "Committed Transaction at ..." messages.

    From this, you'd think you could determine the duration of the transactions. You can't. When load becomes high enough for transactions to begin to overlap, there is no way to match the start and commit transaction messages.

    We're able to manipulate the text of the messages that are being logged by deriving a class from DatabaseLogFormatter.

    Within DatabaseLogFormatter.LogCommand() we have access to the DbCommand, and through DbCommand.Transaction to…

    1 vote
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  7. Ability to exclude prefixes/patterns from model entity names

    It would be great if a model could be created from an existing database (database first) without including certain SQL naming conventions that may be in place. E.G. Rather than creating a POCO class named tbl_Person, I can tell the tool to exclude the "tbl_" prefix and the class is simply named Person. This would be useful for column/property mapping as well. Being able to use regular expressions for the replacement would probably be helpful. This would be useful when generating 10s to 100s of entities from tables so that they don't have to be renamed individually.

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  8. Support tuples in query expressions

    With the introduction of first-class support for tuples in C#7, Entity Framework should add support for tuples inside query expressions along.
    SO issue here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17595105/use-tuples-with-entity-framework-contains-statement

    The lack of support for this is super frustrating, especially since anonymous classes are not supported in EF either, and from a performance perspective this is simply a fixed number of values being passed into a query (ie: should not be any more complex to execute on the DB).

    For example, the following should work but is currently not supported:

    IEnumerable<string> identifers = /*get from somewhere*/....;

    Tuple<string, string>[] identifierPairs = originIdentifers.Select( _ => {
    string[]…

    3 votes
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  9. More precise log messages

    When I was experimenting with EF7 and mapped an identity column to a Int64 property, I got an exception. Unfortunately the exception did not told me:
    - which entity
    - which property
    had that mapping error...

    So really, instead of having 2 pages of stack trace, those 2 words would have been more useful... NHibernate does this, don't tell me that a new ORM (almost 1 and a half decade after the birth of NH) is not capable of doing at least the same as the old ORM...

    4 votes
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  10. Throw exception when you attempt to access a navigation property that is not loaded

    Of course this should be an optional feature that can be enabled from the DbContext configuration. It only makes sense when Lazy Loading is disabled.

    This will be particularly useful for writing domain models that are independent of the data access technology and thus cannot use the EF functions to check whether a property is loaded.

    Currently, if the logic inside the domain model tries to access a navigation property that is not loaded, this will either fetch the data from the database if lazy loading is enabled (a lot of developers do not like lazy loading) or, if lazy…

    8 votes
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  11. Configure the string based search to be 'case sensitive' or 'case insensitive'

    Every time we need to search a string (contains/startswith etc), we need to write .ToLower() in each expression. But there should be a configuration property where we can define whether we want to search in case sensitive way or we want to ignore the case sensitivity.
    Thus we can avoid writing the same expression in whole application's data layer.

    2 votes
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  12. AddOrUpdate method

    It would be great if we can have the AddOrUpdate(...) and AddOrUpdateRange(...) Function in EF7.

    Just set the expression inside the function or set index and EF check if the to be inserted file need to be added or inserted

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  13. Support for POCO views using Entities

    Currently i have a problem of showing a link between different entities - Say students, courses and lectures. Students have few of the attributes of courses, and lectures also have few overlapping attributes of courses (used via reference keys). To show these 3 entities together in a model / UI view, i will always have a compute a single model and bind it to UI. For each change in entities i have to update model (and vice versa). Instead if i get a new POCO view (assuming its supported by EF), i can always show latest data using the new…

    1 vote
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  14. Ignore Duplicate Inserts

    On the context simply allow a setting to ignore duplicate insertions. It should just add a not exist sub select query to ensure that a duplicate is not inserted on say a primary key or unique key...

    This just removes a lot of admin on the insert side of things. If the data is already there why complain about about it unless you need to handle it.

    This will be exceptionally useful on a many to many insert. If this is in place then I dont need to first check both sides of the insert to ensure that the data…

    2 votes
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  15. Option on Import from DataBase to choose how to resolve the conflicts on object names on differents schemas

    Add an option when using "update from DataBase" to choose how to resolve conflict name when two or more object have the same names but in diffrents schemas.
    Auto resolve -> add a number at the end of object name.
    Suffix or Prefix -> add the schema name to the objects names.

    1 vote
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  16. Add option to update model from database project

    It would be great to update the EDMX from a database project. Currently we are working with an database project containing the tables, indexes, stored procedures, types etc... If we are able to update the EDMX directly from the database project, it would remove an extra step to connect with a database. In this way, we don't even need a hosted SQL server to update the EDMX.

    5 votes
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  17. Migrations: Reset migrations function

    Currently, people are hacking a way around the issue of needing to Reset migrations: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11679385/reset-entity-framework-migrations

    The current solution means deleting the migration folder and then deleting the migration history table in the DB, and then adding a brand new migration - but then having to comment out the code in the UP()... which works but isn't optimal for example to check db consistency or when having new developers onboard the team and just being able to run Update-Database on their machine.

    4 votes
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  18. Add support for Default Check Constraint

    Kindly provide the support for Default Check Constraint, so that we are not forced to supply values to NOT NULL columns that are having a DEFAULT constraint and are being handled in table design.
    Currently, work around is to supply some value even is the actual property is NULL

    2 votes
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  19. createstoredprocedure Xml ParameterBuilder

    CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[sp_DownloadItemXml]
    @ItemId [int],
    @ReturnXML XML = NULL OUT
    AS
    BEGIN ....

    Add System.Data.SqlDbType 'Xml' equivalent to System.Data.Entity.Core.Metadata.Edm.PrimitiveTypeKind to allow an XML parameter to be generated when calling CreateStoredProcedure.

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  20. Add a UI for migrations to Visual Studio

    Many people have problems in using command line interfaces, as they are used to the visual studio click and go experience. It would be great if you could right click on a file that contains a dbcontext and then add-migration or update-database.

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