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  1. Add DbContext.Database.SqlQuery to Entity Framework Core

    I can't always get the best performance for extremely specific queries queries in Entity Framework. Sometimes it is best to just write very specific SQL (Currently working on a CTE recursive query that I wouldn't even know how to begin getting into EF without hitting the DB multiple times). Having SqlQuery<T> available give me complete freedom and allows me to use EF in the same way as Micro ORMS like Dapper to map a specific DTO when it makes sense. I don't wan't to have to map a custom object to my context and use the FromSql implementation off of…

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      6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      The plan is to support this in EF Core 2.1 but with a small variation. The feature is called query types and the idea is that these are types that are added to the model (e.g. they are not ad-hoc) and however they don’t need to have entity keys and they don’t need to be mapped to a table. On of these query types is defined in the model it can be used in ad-hoc queries, e.g. context.Query().FromSql(“SELECT …”);

    • Ability to map any serializable object to XML, JSON or binary columns

      For example a database table could have a [Settings] column of type xml. And a mapped entity type could have a property [Settings] of some serializable type. Then you will be able to read and write data into and from this [Settings] column with EF. Like this:

      var user = db.Users.First(x => x.ID == 1);
      if (user.Settings == null)
      {
      user = new Settings();
      }
      user.Settings.ProductsPerPage = 20;
      db.SaveChanges();

      37 votes
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      • Generate repositories and units of work

        I'd like to see a well designed EF project template that made use of the Repository pattern for abstracting the data access technology. This should showcase best practices for using Code-First and POCO entities, UnitOfWork abstractions, solutions for querying entities that span multiple repositories, etc. This information is pretty hard to come by for EF but available in abundance for other ORMs.

        36 votes
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        • Reverse engineering should generate XML documentation from SQL description fields

          When generating from database, the EDMX designer should generate XML Documentation (Summary field) from the SQL Description field of each table/column etc.

          34 votes
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          • Stored procedure support for eager loading graphs

            So far a stored procedure can return only a plain entity. It would be great if we could create a stored procedure that returns orders and details information in a single roundtrip.

            34 votes
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            • Enhance Enums by creating a Lookup Table with the Enum items

              Now that EF 5 supports enums, please (optionally) create Lookup Tables in the database with the enum items or store them in the metadata.

              This enables Lightswitch and other apps to reconstruct the enums/use the Lookup Tables.

              32 votes
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              • Support FileStream and FileTable

                please add SQL Server 2012 features to new release of entity framework and code first that support filestream and filetable

                30 votes
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                • Use several Code First Data Contexts and several (different) Migrations in one database

                  Say there is one database shared by several applications, objects are separated by schema. So it would be nice to be able to store and apply migrations for one schema independently from another one.

                  29 votes
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                  • Ability to plug-in custom conventions for schema generation

                    EF CTP4 comes with a set of built-in conventions for model discovery and schema generation. We should be able to alter these conventions as opposed to re-mapping the entire class from scratch.

                    Scenarios:
                    1) I'd like to replace DataAnnotations with EntLib Validation Block and I should be able to tell EF to use my attributes.
                    2) I want to apply a common convention like prefixing all tables with some string or even a more complicated scenario like all entities that derive from Inventory should generate tables with name: Inventory.<EntityName>.

                    28 votes
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                    • LINQ support for comparison of varbinary columns

                      It is not currently possible to write a LINQ query that compares a value to data stored in a varbinary column. By comparison, I mean SQL-supported <, <=, >, >= comparisons that lexicographically compare the bytes in the column.

                      As far as I know there is no way to write these queries without stepping down into Entity SQL.

                      see http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/adodotnetentityframework/thread/f90dec50-acc7-4157-8927-acb246ec3572 for more.

                      23 votes
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                      • Entity Framework support for Windows Store apps

                        System.Data.dll -- which is fundamental to EF -- is not available inside Windows Store Apps. Thus development of Windows Store apps is two steps back of where WPF and Silverlight development have been.

                        23 votes
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                          The upcoming EF Core 2.0.1 has been tested more extensively with UWP. It requires .NET Standard 2.0 support, which means it only works Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and later releases. EF Core 1.x versions only went through minimal testing with UWP and several issues were encountered, in particular when compiling with .NET Native.

                        • Make LINQ to Entities recognize GetValueOrDefault()

                          I have a LINQ query that involves a nullable integer. When I try to run the query, I get the following error:

                          "LINQ to Entities does not recognize the method 'Int32 GetValueOrDefault(Int32)' method, and this method cannot be translated into a store expression."

                          I am not a L2E or EF guru in the least, but it seems like that should translate to the SQL ISNULL function shouldn't it?

                          Regardless, can you please make this functionality work?

                          21 votes
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                          • Built-in entity auditing!

                            EF should have some better data change tracking/auditing plumbing...on par with the extensive trace listener class support in ASP.NET. In order to create an audit history of the CRUD actions taking place within my entity model in EF 4.0, I had to write a lot of custom code and override the SavingChanges event and the OnContextCreated method to make it happen. Even now it doesn't properly catch all actions due to certain limitations (such as having DB-set identity fields). Think about how to make auditing data changes simpler and richer for devs!

                            21 votes
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                            • Client Side Profiler

                              Create a client side profiler that will log running queries and statistics for the various data contexts. Also provide helpful tips to improve performance if applicable. Similar to what NHProf already does for NHibernate.

                              21 votes
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                              • 21 votes
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                                • Synonym Support

                                  The ability to create an entity for a synonym in the database.

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                                  • 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…

                                    17 votes
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                                    • Result of Sum() of an empty set should be 0 rather than NULL in LINQ to Entities

                                      Currently if an empty set is expected it is necessary to cast either the result or the input elements of Sum to Nullable<T> to compensate for the type mismatch between the SQL database and the signature of the methods in LINQ.

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                                      • Bulk Insert

                                        ADO.Net supports bulk insert for big amount of data. With the help of this library
                                        http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/LinqEntityDataReader
                                        It is possible to do Bulk inserts with entities. But it would be nice if there would be a integrated approach.

                                        15 votes
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                                        • Support for DateTime built-in operations in LINQ to Entities

                                          Some customers want to write queries that include such expressions as "date1 - date2" or "datetime3 + timespan1 > datetime4". LINQ to Entities currently support some of date/time operations through the EntityFunctions.AddX and DiffX functions, but it doesn't support built-in operators with data/time types.

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