Building first ASP.NET MVC application with Entity Framework

By | June 22, 2014
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Before we start implementing an ASP.NET MVC application using Entity Framework, lets first understand few related concepts. Microsoft Entity Framework is basically an ORM (Object Relational Mapping) framework. For a more detailed Entity Framework Tutorial for beginners, follow here.

So, what is an ORM?

In most of the cases when working with database driven application, we are performing different kind of operations on data like CRUD (Create, Retrieve, Update, Delete) operations. We might be using high level languages which are mostly object oriented like C#, VB.NET or Java etc. On the other hand, our databases are mostly relational in nature like MS SQL Server and Oracle. So, we are working with two different and incompatible type systems (i.e. Object Oriented Programming Languages with Relational Databases). So:

An ORM (Object Relational Mapping) framework provides an abstraction layer (a kind of mapping) between these two incompatible systems. It facilitates us to interact with data in an object oriented way and that’s what Microsoft Entity Framework is doing.

It can be illustrated by following diagram:

ADO.NET Entity Framework

For the purpose of implementation, I already have created two tables in database (i.e. Category and Product) that we will be using to interact with. Let’s follow a step by step approach to build an ASP.NET MVC application with Entity Framework.

Create ASP.NET MVC Application using Visual Studio 2013 or 2015

Open Visual  Studio 2013 or Visual Studio 2015 and first of all, let’s create an ASP.NET MVC application “MyProductCatalog” from menu File -> New Project.

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On pressing “OK” button, an ASP.NET MVC application will be created as follows. We already have done it in more details in another ASP.NET MVC 5 Tutorial here.

ASP.NET MVC App

Generate Entity Data Model

Now, we need to create an Entity Data Model in our ASP.NET MVC application.

What is an Entity Data Model? As we discuss above that our databases are relational in nature, so EDM (Entity Data Model) describes our database tables and their associations in object oriented way as Entities and association between these entities.

In order to create our EDM (Entity Data Model), right click on Models folder in our solution “MyProductCatalog” and choose “Add -> ADO.NET Entity Data Model”. Name it as ProductCatalogModel. Further choose “Generate from database” option as follows:

Entity Data Model Step 1

Choose or Create a database connection and name it as ProductCatalogEntities as given below and press Next:

Entity Data Model Step 2

We have two database tables so choose the tables and click “Finish” button.

Entity Data Model Step 3

We can see the newly generated EDM (Entity Data Model) as follows:

EDM Diagram

 

We have successfully created EDM (Entity Data Model) for our Product Catalog application. In following post on this blog, we will see how to communicate with this EDM and generate view.
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Hopefully, this ASP.NET MVC 5 tutorial provided answers to following questions nicely:

  • What is an ORM?
  • Entity Framework as an ORM?
  • What is an EDM (Entity Data Model) and how to create one?

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Imran Abdul Ghani is working as Software Developer(Senior) with extensive knowledge in Web development technologies especially C#, ASP.NET, MVC, WCF, Web API, ADO.NET Entity Framework, jQuery etc. He has several years of experience in designing/developing enterprise level applications. He is Microsoft Certified Solution Developer for .NET (MCSD.NET) since 2005. You can reach his blogging at www.webdevelopmenthelp.net, www.topwcftutorials.net, and www.sharepointfordummies.net.