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Store Int128 in a database

As you may have seen in our previous posts (here and here), the type system of CodeFluent Entities is very powerful. Today we’ll see how to persist a custom type.

Let’s use the Int128 class: https://int128.codeplex.com/SourceControl/latest#SoftFluent.Int128/Int128.cs

You may notice that the class implements the IBinarySerialize interface which is natively handled by CodeFluent Entities. So by default the value will be stored in a column of type varbinary and serialized by using the IBinarySerialize interface. But the Int128 is as long as a Guid: 128bits, so it may be a better idea to store it in a column of type uniqueidentifier.

Let’s create an entity with a property of type SoftFluent.Int128, and dbType Guid:

<cf:entity name="Sample">
  <cf:property name="Id" key="true" />
  <cf:property name="GuidInt128" typeName="SoftFluent.Int128" dbType="Guid" />

Now the trick is to replace the generated code. The result code will be:

protected virtual bool BaseSave(bool force)
    // ...
    persistence.AddParameter("@GuidInt128", new System.Guid(this.GuidInt128.ToByteArray()), System.Guid.Empty);
    // ...

protected virtual void ReadRecord(System.Data.IDataReader reader, CodeFluent.Runtime.CodeFluentReloadOptions options)
    // ...

    this._guidInt128 = new SoftFluent.Int128(CodeFluentPersistence.GetReaderValue(reader, "GuidInt128", System.Guid.Empty));
    // ...

The BOM producer understands some custom attributes. Among them, three are useful in our case:

  • addParameterExpression=”<attribute value>”
  • addParameterMethodName=”<attribute value>”
  • readValueExpression=”<attribute value>”

The first one allows to define the code when adding the parameter (BaseSave method):

persistence.AddParameter("@GuidInt128", <attribute value>, System.Guid.Empty);

The second one allows to change the method AddParameter by something else:

persistence.<attribute value>("@GuidInt128", this.GuidInt128, System.Guid.Empty);

The third one allows to define the code when reading the value from the DataReader:

this._guidInt128 = <attribute value>;

One way to store value as Guid is to use the combination of addParameterExpression and readValueExpression:

<cf:property name="GuidInt128"
              cfom:readValueExpression="new SoftFluent.Int128(CodeFluentPersistence.GetReaderValue(reader, &quot;GuidInt128&quot;, System.Guid.Empty))"
              cfom:addParameterExpression="persistence.AddParameter(&quot;@GuidInt128&quot;, new System.Guid(this.GuidInt128.ToByteArray()), System.Guid.Empty)" />

The second way to store value as Guid is to use addParameterMethodName and readValueExpression and to write an extension method:

<cf:property name="GuidInt128"
              cfom:readValueExpression="new SoftFluent.Int128(CodeFluentPersistence.GetReaderValue(reader, &quot;GuidInt128&quot;, System.Guid.Empty))"
              dbType="Guid" />


public static class PersistenceUtilities
    public static void AddParameter(this CodeFluentPersistence persistence, string name, Int128 value, Type type, PersistenceSerializationMode mode)
        persistence.AddParameter(name, new Guid(value.ToByteArray()), Guid.Empty);

This way the AddParameter will use the extension method.

When you have more than one custom property you may want to write an aspect to automate this process.

Thanks to the power of CodeFluent Entities, we have a column of type Guid and a property of type Int128, and all of this without extra code such as adding one unneeded property to convert value from Int128 to Guid.

Happy storing,

The R&D Team

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  1. August 29, 2014 at 11:59 am

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