Using Informix and the Entity Framework

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2010 IIUG Informix Conference
Michael C. Payne
The Rawlings Company
Using Informix and the Entity Framework
Session: B08
Tuesday, April 27, 2010: 09:10 - 10:10
2010 IIUG Informix Conference
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What is the Entity Framework?
• Entity Framework was first released by Microsoft in .NET 3.5 SP1
• It separates the logical schema of the database from the conceptual
needs of an application
• It’s Visual Studio built in ORM
• It’s supported by LINQ
• Relationships are exposed as properties
• Allows for compile time type information, so you get errors when
assigning values during development not when your users run the
• Defined as a partial class so the underlying DB can change but custom
extension code is unaffected.
• Facilitates “fancy” interaction with the database (i.e. to get the third
page of 10 records you can do query.Skip(20).Take(10); or quering
across relationships without knowing about joins)
• Shifts processing to the client

Through LINQ data interactions are the same regardless of the
underlying database / XML / Object / etc. platform
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Informix and the Entity Framework
• Requires DRDA – Distributed Relational Database Architecture a
database interoperability standard from The Open Group
• Works on Informix v11.1 and later
• Needs a different driver from the Informix Client SDK, the lightest
one is IBM® Data Server Driver for ODBC, CLI, and .NET, Version
9.5.3 or later
• You also need to install IBM Database Add-ins for Visual Studio

Needs transactions enabled on the database for writes
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Installing DRDA

When setting up DRDA be sure to check “Enterprise Replication”
and “Global Language Support” on the database setup, these can
be added later to existing implementations
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Creating the Entity Data Model
• Demo in Visual Studio
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Generate Entity Directly from Database
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Create a connection
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Establish Connection
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Show Dynamic Data Website
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Add Customer Call Information
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Hand Coding the EF in XML
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Things to watch out for
• The underscore “_” causes problems for automatic mapping of
Entity Framework
• Some kinks with the built in functions exists, for example using
StartsWith(“Lud”) will generate a SQL query that looks like the
following. This query will fall off index. If you have a poor
performing step, check the SQL that EF generates and try to rework
– select fname, lname from customer where substr(lname,1,3) = ‘Lud’
• Establish referential integrity before trying to use EF against your
• Be careful with some of the auto-generated tables. You still need to
watch security and business rules.
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Using Informix and the Entity
Michael C. Payne