How to keep LINQ To SQL Classes in sync with database structure

LINQ To SQL is one of the most promising technologies that appeared lately in .NET programming. Since it became available developers using .Net have no need to mix code with SQL commands within the application to access database objects.

Now developers can access data in databases using programming language they get used to (C#, VB.NET). Moreover, using LINQ To SQL allows developer to uniformly manage all iterative data sources: databases, XML, various collections, etc. In addition you get code verification during compilation, full integration in Visual Studio which provides many advantages: IntelliSense, database model designer, auto generation of code by the model and so on.

Nothing is ideal

And still in spite of all advantages of using LINQ To SQL, its usage in real large projects is complicated for some problems. Using LINQ To SQL in the project will make you use such Visual Studio component as LINQ To SQL Classes. The component is not easy to use as it should be kept in sync with the structure of real database.
The variant of synchronizing LINQ To SQL Classes and database structure in manual mode is not considered at all due to huge work content and possibility of errors. Nevertheless, it is very important to keep LINQ To SQL Classes in sync with database structure, as LINQ To SQL Classes and database structure are often modified during software design.

Database Restyle – Library will solve the problem of the modifications transference from LINQ To SQL Classes to database structure.

In order to solve the first problem mentioned in the previous chapter, Perpetuum Software LLC developed the PerpetuumSoft.DataModel.LinqToSql library. This library allows the propagation of changes from LINQ To SQL to database structure without database re-creation. This library is based on another more functional Database Restyle library designed to synchronize two databases. Thus, you will have an opportunity to extend the standard abilities of the LINQ to SQL technology and avoid problems with synchronization of LINQ To SQL Classes with database structure.

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