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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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Exploring the CodeFluent Runtime: Convert utilities

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Today, on the series Exploring the CodeFluent Runtime,  we are going to explore the useful ConvertUtilities class from the CodeFluent.Runtime or CodeFluent.Runtime.Client assembly.

First of all you need to reference the dll in your project and include the directive as follow:

using CodeFluent.Runtime.Utilities;

The CodeFluent.Runtime is a part of the CodeFluent Entities product or you can download the following nuget package.


Returns an instance of type T whose value is equivalent to a specified input object. If an error occurs, a computed default value of type T will be returned.

var convert1 = ConvertUtilities.ChangeType<int>("42");
// –> 42
ConvertUtilities.ChangeType<bool>("yes"); // –> True
ConvertUtilities.ChangeType<bool>("y"); // –> True
ConvertUtilities.ChangeType<bool>("1"); // –> True
ConvertUtilities.ChangeType<CultureInfo>(1036); // –> CultureInfo("fr-fr")
ConvertUtilities.ChangeType("10/30/2014", DateTime.Now, new CultureInfo("en-US")); // –> 'October  30<sup>Th</sup> 2014' fr-FR
ConvertUtilities.ChangeType("Monday, Tuesday Wednesday | 8", DayOfWeek.None); // –>  Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday
// Available separators: space, comma, pipe


Sets the current thread culture. Handles integer values as lcid (


Decamelizes the specified text using default decamelization options.

ConvertUtilities.Decamelize("ProductName"); // –> "Product Name"
ConvertUtilities.Decamelize("ProductName", ConvertUtilities.DecamelizeOptions.ForceRestLower); // –> "Product name"


Evaluates the specified expression on a given container object (like Eval in Asp.Net WebForm). In case of an error, the defaultValue parameter will be returned.

ConvertUtilities.Evaluate(DateTime.Now, "TimeOfDay.Hours", typeof(int), defaultValue: 0); // –> 15 (depends of your time<span style="font-family:Wingdings;">J</span> )
ConvertUtilities.Evaluate(DateTime.Now, "TimeOf", typeof(int), defaultValue: 0);  // –> 0
ConvertUtilities.Evaluate(null, "TimeOfDay.Hours", typeof(int), defaultValue:  0); // –> 0 


Concatenates a collection into a string using a separator character. An expression is ran on each object in the collection using ASP.NET DataBinding syntax style.

List<DateTime> collection = new List<DateTime>
   new DateTime(2007, 10, 10),
   new DateTime(2010, 10, 10),
   new DateTime(2014, 10, 10)

ConvertUtilities.ConcatenateCollection(collection, "Year", " - "); //- > "2007 - 2010 - 2014"


Format file size in bytes to the correct unit.

ConvertUtilities.FormatFileSize(399960003); // –>  381,43 MB
ConvertUtilities.FormatFileSize(399960003, null, "N5", new CultureInfo("en-US")); // –> 381.43158 MB


Converts a file extension to the corresponding image format.

ConvertUtilities.FromFileExtension(".jpg"); // –> ImageFormat.Jpeg
ConvertUtilities.FromFileExtension("png"); // –> ImageFormat.Png


Determines whether the specified enum type has the Flags attribute.

Note: you can use Enum.HasFlag with .Net Framework 4.0 and higher.

ConvertUtilities.IsFlagsEnum(typeof(FileOptions)); // –> true 


Gets the maximum value for a given type.

ConvertUtilities.GetMaxValue(typeof(int)); // –> 2147483647 
ConvertUtilities.GetMaxValue(typeof(DateTime));// –> {12/31/9999 23:59:59}


Get a name guaranteed not to be in a given a list of names. This method appends numbers to a preferred name.

List<string> names = new List<string>
ConvertUtilities.GetUniqueName(names, "lionel", StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase); // –>  lionel2
ConvertUtilities.GetUniqueName(names, "john", StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase); // –> john


Nullifies the specified string.

ConvertUtilities.Nullify("Windows", trim: true);// –> Windows
ConvertUtilities.Nullify("   ", trim: true);// –> Null
ConvertUtilities.Nullify("   ", trim: false);// –> "  "


Removes diacritics (accents) from a text.

ConvertUtilities.RemoveDiacritics("éàèçàöâ"); // –> eaecaoa


Splits a text into a collection of typed objects. Returned objects are automatically converted into the proper type if needed.

ConvertUtilities.SplitToList<int>("25,4,15,42", ',');// –> {25, 4, 15, 42}
ConvertUtilities.SplitToList<long>("255,TTT", ',');  // –>{255, 0} Takes the default values of Type 


Converts a byte array to its hexadecimal string representation.

ConvertUtilities.ToHexa(new byte[] {0x43, 0x6F, 0x64, 0x65});// –> "436F6465"


Converts a string to its hexadecimal dump representation.

ConvertUtilities.ToHexaDump("CodeFluent Entities");
//Offset    00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 0A 0B 0C 0D 0E 0F  0123456789ABCDEF
//--------  -----------------------------------------------  ----------------
//00000000  43 00 6F 00 64 00 65 00 46 00 6C 00 75 00 65 00  C.o.d.e.F.l.u.e.
//00000010  6E 00 74 00 20 00 45 00 6E 00 74 00 69 00 74 00  n.t. .E.n.t.i.t.
//00000020  69 00 65 00 73 00                                i.e.s.
ConvertUtilities.ToHexaDump(new byte[] {0x43, 0x6F, 0x64, 0x65});
//Offset    00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 0A 0B 0C 0D 0E 0F  0123456789ABCDEF
//--------  -----------------------------------------------  ----------------
//00000000  43 6F 64 65                                      Code

As you’ve seen in this article, ConvertUtilities can be very useful for .Net developers.

Happy Converting!

The R&D Team