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SQL Server specific data types

CodeFluent Entities can use SQL Server specific data types such as Geography, Geometry and HierarchyId.

The first step is to register “Microsoft.SqlServer.Types.dll” into the model:


Add Reference


SQL Server Reference

Note: You must add the same reference in the BOM project.

Then set the type name of the property to Microsoft.SqlServer.Types.SqlGeography:

Type Name Geography

Choose Type SqlGeography

We also have to set the database type. As this is specific to SQL Server, we have to use the SQL Server producer attribute “sqlType”:

Sql Data Type

The same apply for Geometry and HierarchyId data types.

The table is generated, let’s add a simple method that compute intersection of two geography object. The code is really specific to SQL Server so we have to create a RAW method:

CFQL SqlGeography

Don’t forget to set the return type name of the method to SqlGeography:

Return Type Name SqlGeography

Let’s use the generated code:

Sample sample1 = new Sample();
sample1.Geography = SqlGeography.Parse("LINESTRING(-122.360 47.656, -122.343 47.656)");

Sample sample2 = new Sample();
sample2.Geography = SqlGeography.Parse("LINESTRING(-122.360 47.656, -122.343 47.656)");

var intersection = Sample.GetIntersection(sample1.Id, sample2.Id);
Console.WriteLine(intersection.ToString()); //LINESTRING (-122.34300000005148 47.656000000089243, -122.3599999999485 47.655999999910769)

If intersection is null, this means that you need to add an assembly binding in the app.config/web.config file:

    <assemblyBinding xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1">
        <assemblyIdentity name="Microsoft.SqlServer.Types" culture="neutral" publicKeyToken="89845dcd8080cc91"/>        
        <bindingRedirect oldVersion="" newVersion="" />

This example shows how to use SqlGeography with CodeFluent Entities. The same works with SqlGeometry, HierarchyId, and any types that implement IBinarySerialize.

Happy storing,

The R&D Team

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