New features in v5.1

Entity Framework Core support

The LLBLGen Pro designer now supports Entity Framework Core v1.x, the new version of Microsoft's Entity Framework ORM.
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Target hint support

The LLBLGen Pro Runtime Framework now supports select target hints for SQL Server and MySQL in Linq and QuerySpec queries.
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Plain SQL API

The LLBLGen Pro Runtime Framework now lets you execute plain SQL statements using parameters directly onto the database, including fetching resultsets and projecting the resultsets to POCO classes. With this API you don't need a microORM on the side anymore for those situations where the runtime couldn't give you the right query. This API is also very fast: fetching a query is faster than most microORMs.
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Temporal (History) table support

The LLBLGen Pro Runtime Framework now supports temporal tables for SQL Server 2016 and higher/ DB2 , through Linq / QuerySpec (Select / fetch queries only). Temporal tables are an easy, friction free way to store previous versions of modified / deleted rows in a table. The temporal table support in LLBLGen Pro allows you to include older versions of entities when querying.
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Much more...

There's much more new and adjusted in v5.1. To get a detailed overview of what's new in the LLBLGen Pro Designer v5.1, please visit its 'what's new' page in the Designer documentation.

 

To get a detailed overview of what's new in the LLBLGen Pro Runtime Framework v5.1, please visit its 'what's new' page in the LLBLGen Pro Runtime Framework documentation as well.

New features in v5.0

Derived Models support

Define derived models on top of the entity model. Use them to produce hierarchical projected, denormalized sets, and for example store them in document databases, or use them as DTOs in MVC models or exposed as a service to client-side frameworks. You can target a different framework in each derived model. Support for several document databases (MongoDB, RavenDB and a generic document DB) has been added, as well as read-only / read-write DTO projections.
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New relational model data sync system

Sync replaces both database first related actions like refresh catalog, and model first related actions like auto-map and adjust relational model data. Everything is managed from a single tab, the Sync Relational Model Data tab. With a simple click on a button you can now sync the relational model data in your project with the model and with relational databases. It also allows scenarios where you e.g. sync table definitions with your entity model (model first) but at the same time refresh your views and stored procedure meta data from a relational database.
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The Sync Relational Model Data tab: one place to perform all synchronization, with one button

Real-time validation

The designer now validates a project in real-time using the real-time task system. Every change to the project triggers a validation cycle which is started after a short interval. This allows quick feedback for every change you make. Of course every warning / error found in validation comes with suggestions and helpful instructions on how to correct them, so you're quickly back on track.

New, skinnable/themable modern UI

The designer now comes with a new user interface, which is skinnable / themable and comes with a series of pre-defined themes. It looks / feels modern with a flat design, new icons and color themes the user can choose from to meet their needs. The new user interface is accompanied with new features like floating editors. When using the designer integrated inside Visual Studio.NET, the LLBLGen Pro designer's theme is set to the same theme as the VS.NET color theme.

The LLBLGen Pro designer, integrated in Visual Studio, using the Dark Theme

Even faster runtime framework

The LLBLGen Pro Runtime Framework in v5 is even faster than before. Queries using projections in Linq or QuerySpec are now 30-40% faster than in v4.2 and are in general faster than a lot of the existing MicroORMs. See: https://github.com/FransBouma/RawDataAccessBencher, e.g. the results from December 16th, 2015.

Auto-referencing generated VS.NET projects

The code generators now automatically reference VS.NET project files generated by the code generator in the same cycle. This means that when the designer generates two VS.NET projects for example, A and B, and B has a dependency on A, the VS.NET project file of B automatically references A so you don't have to do that manually anymore.

Search in Project Explorer / Catalog Explorer

Directly available in the Project Explorer and Catalog Explorer are the search boxes: type in any string and the nodes matching the string are kept, all other nodes are filtered out.

Revamped Home tab

The Home tab now shows easy access links to the last opened projects as well as to support and documentation

Much more...

There's much more new and adjusted in v5.0. To get a detailed overview of what's new in the LLBLGen Pro Designer v5.0, please visit its 'what's new' page in the Designer documentation.

 

To get a detailed overview of what's new in the LLBLGen Pro Runtime Framework v5.0, please visit its 'what's new' page in the LLBLGen Pro Runtime Framework documentation as well.

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