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How to parse a command line?

January 16, 2015 1 comment

The CodeFluent Runtime offers to applications a clean and concise class for manipulating command line arguments and related tasks. Add the nugget package and refers the CommandLineUtilities class.

This class parses your command line arguments, find all parameters starting with – or / and all the values linked. I assumed that a value could be separated from a parameter with a : or a =.

During this article we are going to simulate this execution:

/Program.exe –ProductName:Word /SendEmail=true -amount:10.5


Gets a positioned argument from the command line and convert it to the type of the default value. If the argument is not found or if the value cannot be converted to the expected type, it returns the default value (internally it uses ConvertUtilities).

CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument(name:"ProductName", defaultValue:string.Empty); // -> “Word”
CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument(name:"ProductName", defaultValue:0); // -> 0
CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument(name:"SendEmail", defaultValue:false); // -> True
CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument("amount", double.MaxValue, new CultureInfo("en-US")); // -> 10.5D


Determines whether the argument is specified in the command line.

CommandLineUtilities.HasArgument(name:"ProductName"); // -> True
CommandLineUtilities.HasArgument(name:"debug"); // -> false


List all arguments, the name will be the key.

// -> {{“ ProductName”,”Word”},{“SendEmail”,”true”}}


Gets a value indicating whether help was requested.

// /Progam.exe /HELP
CommandLineUtilities.HelpRequested; // -> True

Happy CLI-ing !

The R&D Team.

Custom Naming Convention

January 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Since CodeFluent Entities infers a meta-model from your model, before any producer is called to generate a single line of code, a full representation of your application is in-memory. Thanks to this inference step and the resulting meta-model, developers can apply application wide changes.

One of the possible application wide changes is to change the way all database objects are named through a naming convention. By default a set of naming conventions are provided by CodeFluent Entities:

  • FormatNamingConvention
  • LowerCaseNamingConvention
  • UpperCaseNamingConvention
  • DecamelizeNamingConvention
  • DecamelizeLowerCaseNamingConvention
  • DecamelizeUpperCaseNamingConvention

And you can also implement your own naming convention to fit your needs as we’ll see in this post.

Create the custom Naming Convention

The naming convention is a class so we create a class library project and add references to

  • CodeFluent.Runtime.dll
  • CodeFluent.Model.dll
  • CodeFluent.Model.Common.dll

Those DLL are located in the installation folder of CodeFluent Entities.

Create a class that implements IProjectNamingConvention or inherits from an existing Naming Convention:

using System.Collections;
using CodeFluent.Model.Common.Naming;
using CodeFluent.Model.Naming;
using CodeFluent.Model.Persistence;

namespace SoftFluent.Samples.CustomNamingConvention
    public class MyNamingConvention : FormatNamingConvention
        public override string GetName(INamedObject obj, IDictionary context)
            var procedure = obj as Procedure;
            if (procedure != null)
                if (procedure.Table != null &&
                    procedure.Table.Entity != null &&
                    procedure.Table.Entity.Store != null)
                    return procedure.Table.Entity.Store.Name + "_" + base.GetName(obj, context);

                if (procedure.Method != null &&
                    procedure.Method.Entity != null &&
                    procedure.Method.Entity.Store != null)
                    return procedure.Method.Entity.Store.Name + "_" + base.GetName(obj, context);

            return base.GetName(obj, context);

This naming convention prefix parameter name with the store name

Setting the naming convention

Add a reference in the CodeFluent entities project to your class library project:

Now you can open model project properties and set the naming convention with its full type name:


That’s all J Now all procedures are prefixed by the store name:

Happy naming,

The R&D Team

What’s new with CodeFluent Entities 801?

December 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Today we release the build 801. This build includes lots of new features:

Cache Producer and array


The Cache Producer creates a unique key for each method call based on the method name and its parameter values:

cacheKey = SimpleCacheManager.BuildCacheKey("ad5a4755bc1df9345e1a73e2ae38",
                                             pageIndex, pageSize, 
                                             pageOptions, ids);

The BuildCacheKey method handles common parameter types such as String, Boolean, Integer, DateTime, etc. But it does not handle complex types such as array for the simple reason that there are many ways to handle them. We decided to let you handle those cases as you want depending of your context. We introduce a new optional parameter “Build Cache Key Method Name”:

The generated code will be:

cacheKey = CustomerCollection.CustomBuildCacheKey("ad5a4755bc1df9345e1a73e2ae38",
                                                   pageIndex, pageSize, 
                                                   pageOptions, ids);

This way you can create the key the way you want!

Use existing .NET enumeration and type


CodeFluent Entities can reuse existing .NET enumeration or .NET type. The modeler now lets you add those type on the surface:

The enumeration and all its values will be added to the surface:

The same apply with .NET type such as “System.Drawing.Point”

SQL Server Producer & “Nullable” Table Value Parameters


When you create a CFQL method with persistence nullable array parameter:

ids?) WHERE Id IN (@ids)

The SQL Server producer generates the following code:

DECLARE @_c_ids int; SELECT @_c_ids= COUNT(*) FROM @ids
IF(@_c_ids = 0)
    SELECT [Customer].[Customer_Id], [Customer].[Customer_FirstName], 
        FROM [Customer]
    SELECT [Customer].[Customer_Id], [Customer].[Customer_FirstName], 
        FROM [Customer]
        WHERE [Customer].[Customer_Id] IN (SELECT * FROM @ids)

IS NULL is translated to Array is empty because TVP cannot be NULL. We think this check is the most logical in this case.

Starter Wizard


Starter wizard supports new project templates:

Pivot Script improvements


The SQL Server Pivot Script producer has many new options to select what to produce (tables, procedures, functions, etc.):

Sorting Project Resources


Project resources grid allows to sort rows by name, class or value:

Visual Studio 2015 Preview


As we mentioned this week, CodeFluent Entities now supports Visual Studio 2015 Preview.


You can download this build here, or update your version using the Licensing tool. Remember that you can follow the latest new features and bug fixes of CodeFluent Entities subscribing to this RSS.

Happy downloading!

The R&D Team

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Visual Studio 2015 Preview

December 15, 2014 Leave a comment

One month ago, we told you that CodeFluent Entities runs great on Visual Studio 2013 Community. The story continues and CodeFluent Entities now supports Visual Studio 2015 Preview.

visual studio 2015

Indeed, a preview of VS 2015 is available for those ready to dive into next-generation development tool. We’re especially excited to announce that you can create or open your CodeFluent Entities models directly from Visual Studio 2015 :


You can learn more about the new features of Visual Studio 2015 Preview here:

You can download the latest version of CodeFluent Entities here, or update your version using the Licensing tool. Remember that you can follow the latest new features and bug fixes of CodeFluent Entities subscribing to this RSS.

Happy downloading,

The R&D Team

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Multi-tenant using multiple Schemas

December 4, 2014 Leave a comment

In this post we will see how to create a multi-tenant application using one schema by tenant. The idea is to create one CodeFluent Entities model and use it to generate as many database schemas as needed.

The generated database will contains one schema by tenant:

But to keep the usage as simple as possible, only one Business Object Model is generated. The schema is selected at runtime:

Note: The following procedure uses the Custom meta-compiler host feature which is available only with CodeFluent Entities Personal or Ultimate

Generate the database


The idea is to keep the model untouched, so we create a console application which:

  • Load the CodeFluent Entities model
  • Change entity schema in memory (the original model won’t be changed)
  • Generate code
class Program
    private static string _schema;
    private static string _projectPath;
    private static bool _changeTargetDirectory;

    static void Main()
        _projectPath = CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument("path", (string)null) ?? CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument(0, (string)null);
        _schema = ConvertUtilities.Nullify(CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument("schema", (string)null) ?? CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument(1, (string)null), true);
        _changeTargetDirectory = CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument("changeTargetDirectory", true);

        // Load the model
        Project project = new Project();
        project.Entities.ListChanged += Entities_ListChanged; // Change schema as soon as the entity is loaded
        project.Load(_projectPath, ProjectLoadOptions.Default);

        // Update producer target directory
        if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(_schema) && _changeTargetDirectory)
            foreach (var producer in project.Producers)
                var sqlServerProducer = producer.Instance as SqlServerProducer;
                if (sqlServerProducer != null)
                    sqlServerProducer.Production += SqlServerProducer_Production;

        // Generate code

    private static readonly HashSet<IProducer> _producers = new HashSet<IProducer>();
    private static void SqlServerProducer_Production(object sender, ProductionEventArgs e)
        SqlServerProducer sqlServerProducer = sender as SqlServerProducer;
        if (sqlServerProducer == null)

        if (_producers.Contains(sqlServerProducer))

        sqlServerProducer.EditorTargetDirectory = Path.Combine(sqlServerProducer.EditorTargetDirectory, _schema);

    private static void Entities_ListChanged(object sender, ListChangedEventArgs e)
        if (e.ListChangedType != ListChangedType.ItemAdded)

        var entityCollection = sender as EntityCollection;
        if (entityCollection == null || e.NewIndex < 0 || e.NewIndex >= entityCollection.Count)

        Entity entity = entityCollection[e.NewIndex];
        Console.WriteLine("Changing schema of entity '{0}' from '{1}' to '{2}'", entity.ClrFullTypeName, entity.Schema, _schema);
        entity.Schema = _schema;

That’s it… We can now use this console application to generate the persistence layer:

SoftFluent.MultiTenantGenerator.exe "Sample.Model\Sample.Model.cfxproj" "SoftFluent"
SoftFluent.MultiTenantGenerator.exe "Sample.Model\Sample.Model.cfxproj" "Contoso"

You can create a script to call program this for each tenant.

Select the right tenant at runtime


We generate only one Business Object Model (BOM) for all tenants. This BOM access by default to the schema specified in the CodeFluent Entities model. In our case we want to change this schema at runtime depending on the context (user, Uri, etc.).

To access the database, the generated code use CodeFluentPersistence:

CodeFluentPersistence has a hook system (ICodeFluentPersistenceHook) that allows to change the default CodeFluentPersistence behavior. In our case the idea is to change the CreateStoredProcedureCommand method behavior to use the right schema. Here’s the code:

public class SchemaPersistenceHook : BasePersistenceHook
    private bool _processing = false;
    public override bool BeforeCreateStoredProcedureCommand(string schema, string package, string intraPackageName, string name)
        if (_processing)
            return false;

        _processing = true;
            string currentSchema = GetTenant();
            Persistence.CreateStoredProcedureCommand(currentSchema, package, intraPackageName, name);
            _processing = false;

        return true;

    public virtual string GetTenant()
            // TODO: Implement your own logic
            return CodeFluentUser.Current.UserDomainName;

Finally we have to declare our persistence hook in the configuration file so CodeFluentPersistence will use it automatically:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <section name="Sample" type="CodeFluent.Runtime.CodeFluentConfigurationSectionHandler, CodeFluent.Runtime" />

  <Sample persistenceHookTypeName="Sample.SchemaPersistenceHook, Sample" />

That’s it. With a few lines of codes and the power of CodeFluent Entities you can change the default behavior to fit your needs. Can you do the same with other products?

The source code is available on our GitHub repository.

Happy tenanting,

The R&D team

CodeFluent Entities and SignalR

November 21, 2014 Leave a comment

ASP.NET SignalR is a new library for ASP.NET developers that makes it incredibly simple to add real-time web functionality to your applications. What is “real-time web” functionality? It’s the ability to have your server-side code push content to the connected clients as it happens, in real-time.

Let’s see how easy it is to use CodeFluent Entities with SignalR! This post introduces SignalR development by using CodeFluent Entities and showing how to create an application that shares the state of an CodeFluent entity (Customer) with other clients in real time.

Setting up the solution

The solution contains 4 projects:

  • The CodeFluent Entities model
  • A class project to contains the generated Business Object Model
  • The SignalR server (Console application)
  • The SignalR client (WPF application)

The CodeFluent Entities model
The model is very simple, just one entity:

To generate the server code we add the SQL Server Producer and the Business Object Model producer.

SignalR uses Json.NET to serialize object. The way this library finds a way to serialize an object is weird and does not works with generated object by default because of the following attribute:


So we have to remove it so the object is serialize correctly:

To generate the client object we add the Service Model sub producer (with the same setting as above):

Don’t forget to remove runtime design attributes:

Finally the model project looks like:

The SignalR server

The server is a Console application. First we add the “Microsoft.AspNet.SignalR.SelfHost” nuget package.

We can register the SignalR server:

class Program
    static void Main()
        using (WebApp.Start<Startup>("http://localhost:12345"))
            Console.WriteLine("Server started");

public class Startup
    public void Configuration(IAppBuilder app)
        HubConfiguration hubConfiguration = new HubConfiguration();
        hubConfiguration.EnableDetailedErrors = true;

Now we can create the Customer hub:

public class CustomerHub : Hub
    public IEnumerable<Customer> Get()
        return CustomerCollection.LoadAll();

    public bool Save(Customer customer)
        bool save = Customer.Save(customer);
        if (save)
            Clients.All.Saved(customer); // Notify clients

        return save;

    public bool Delete(Customer customer)
        bool delete = Customer.Delete(customer);
        if (delete)
            Clients.All.Deleted(customer.Id); // Notify clients

        return delete;

The generated Business Object Model is easy to use with any technology J.

The SignalR Client

The client is a WPF application. First we need to add the “Microsoft.AspNet.SignalR.Client” nuget package.

The project already contains generated class from the model so we don’t need to create a Customer class:

Let’s create the XAML:

            <RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>

        <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal" Grid.Row="0">
            <Button Content="Load customers" Click="ButtonLoadCustomers_OnClick" Margin="5"/>

        <DataGrid Grid.Row="1" x:Name="DataGrid" AutoGenerateColumns="False" RowEditEnding="DataGrid_RowEditEnding">
                <DataGridTextColumn Binding="{Binding EntityKey, Mode=TwoWay, UpdateSourceTrigger=PropertyChanged}" Header="Entity Key"/>
                <DataGridTextColumn Binding="{Binding FirstName, Mode=TwoWay, UpdateSourceTrigger=PropertyChanged}" Header="First Name"/>
                <DataGridTextColumn Binding="{Binding LastName, Mode=TwoWay, UpdateSourceTrigger=PropertyChanged}" Header="Last Name"/>

                            <Button Command="Delete" Content="X" Click="ButtonDelete_OnClick" DataContext="{Binding}"/>

Create the connection to the server and register callbacks:

private async Task<bool> EnsureProxy()
    if (HubProxy != null)
        return true;

    Connection = new HubConnection(ServerUri);
    HubProxy = Connection.CreateHubProxy("CustomerHub");

    // Register callbacks
    HubProxy.On<Customer>("Saved", OnCustomerSaved);
    HubProxy.On<Guid>("Deleted", OnCustomerDeleted);
        await Connection.Start();
        return true;
    catch (HttpRequestException)
        Connection = null;
        MessageBox.Show("Unable to connect to server: Start server before connecting clients.");
        return false;

Handle events:

private void OnCustomerDeleted(Guid id)
    var customerCollection = DataGrid.ItemsSource as CustomerCollection;
    if (customerCollection != null)

private void OnCustomerSaved(Customer customer)
    var customerCollection = DataGrid.ItemsSource as CustomerCollection;
    if (customerCollection != null)
        var c = customerCollection[customer.Id];
        if (c != null)
            customer.CopyTo(c, true); // Update existing customer
            customerCollection.Add(customer); // Add new customer

Handle UI events (load, edit, delete):

private async void ButtonLoadCustomers_OnClick(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    if (!await EnsureProxy())

    var customers = await HubProxy.Invoke<CustomerCollection>("Get");
    if (customers == null)
        customers = new CustomerCollection();

    BindingOperations.EnableCollectionSynchronization(customers, _lock);
    DataGrid.ItemsSource = customers;

private async void DataGrid_RowEditEnding(object sender, DataGridRowEditEndingEventArgs e)
    if (e.Cancel)

    var result = await HubProxy.Invoke<bool>("Save", e.Row.Item);

private async void ButtonDelete_OnClick(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    var customer = ((Button)sender).DataContext as Customer;
    if (customer == null)

    if (!await EnsureProxy())

    var result = await HubProxy.Invoke<bool>("Delete", customer);

The Business Object Model and the Service Object Model are very easy to use with any .NET technologies such as SignalR or Web API.

If your SignalR API is as simple as the one we create, you can automate its creation with templates.

The code sample is available on our GitHub repository.

Happy Coding,

The R&D Team

Visual Studio Community 2013

November 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Visual Studio Community 2013 is a new, full-featured, and FREE addition to the Visual Studio product lineup.

We are thrilled to announce that CodeFluent Entities runs great on it!

Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition

You can learn more about the new features of Visual Studio Community 2013 here:

You can download the latest version of CodeFluent Entities here, or update your version using the Licensing tool. Remember that you can follow the latest new features and bug fixes of CodeFluent Entities subscribing to this RSS.

Happy downloading,

The R&D Team

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