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Part 8 - Using stored procedures with entity framework code first approach

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In this video we will discuss using stored procedures to perform Insert, Update and Delete operations using entity framework code first approach

Step 1: Create a new empty web application project. Name it Demo. Install entity framework if it's not already installed.

Step 2: Add a class file to the project. Name it Employee.cs. Copy and paste the following code.
namespace Demo
    public class Employee
        public int ID { get; set; }
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public string Gender { get; set; }
        public int Salary { get; set; }

Step 3: Add a class file to the project. Name it EmployeeDBContext.cs. Copy and paste the following code.
using System.Data.Entity;
namespace Demo
    public class EmployeeDBContext : DbContext
        public DbSet<Employee> Employees { get; set; }

        protected override void OnModelCreating(DbModelBuilder modelBuilder)
            // This line will tell entity framework to use stored procedures
            // when inserting, updating and deleting Employees

Step 4: Add a class file to the project. Name it EmployeeRepository.cs. Copy and paste the following code.
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
namespace Demo
    public class EmployeeRepository
        EmployeeDBContext employeeDBContext = new EmployeeDBContext();

        public List<Employee> GetEmployees()
            return employeeDBContext.Employees.ToList();

        public void InsertEmployee(Employee employee)

        public void UpdateEmployee(Employee employee)
            Employee employeeToUpdate = employeeDBContext
                .Employees.SingleOrDefault(x => x.ID == employee.ID);
            employeeToUpdate.Name = employee.Name;
            employeeToUpdate.Gender = employee.Gender;
            employeeToUpdate.Salary = employee.Salary;

        public void DeleteEmployee(Employee employee)
            Employee employeeToDelete = employeeDBContext
                .Employees.SingleOrDefault(x => x.ID == employee.ID);

Step 5: Add the database connection string in web.config file.
  <add name="EmployeeDBContext"
    connectionString="server=.; database=Sample; integrated security=true;"
    providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />

Step 6: Add a webform to the project. Drag and drop the following 3 controls and build the solution.
1. GridView
2. DetailsView
3. ObjectDataSource

Step 7: Configure ObjectDataSource control
a). Right click on ObjectDataSource control and select "Show Smart Tag" option
b) Click on Configure Data Source link
c) Select Demo.EmployeeRepository on Choose a Business Object screen and click Next
d) On Define Data Methods screen
    i) On SELECT tab - Select GetEmployees() method
    ii) On UPDATE tab - Select UpdateEmployees(Employee employee) method
    iii) On INSERT tab - Select InsertEmployees(Employee employee) method
    iv) On DELETE tab - Select DeletEmployees(Employee employee) method

Step 8: Configure GridView control
a). Right click on GridView control and select "Show Smart Tag" option
b) Click on "Auto Format" link and select "Colourful" scheme
c) Select "ObjectDataSource1" from "Choose Data Source" dropdownlist
d) Select Enable Editing and Enable Deleting checkboxes
e) Set DataKeyNames="ID". Do this in the properties window of the GridView control

Step 9: Configure DetailsView control
a) Right click on DetailsView control and select "Show Smart Tag" option
b) Click on "Auto Format" link and select "Colourful" scheme
c) Select "ObjectDataSource1" from "Choose Data Source" dropdownlist
d) Select Enable Inserting checkbox
e) Set DeafultMode=Insert. Use properties window to set this.
f) Set InsertVisible="false" for the ID BoundField. You can do this directly in the HTML Source.

Step 10: If you already have Sample database in SQL Server. Delete it from SQL Server Management Studio.

Step 11: Run the application by pressing CTRL + F5. Notice that we don't have any data displayed on WebForm1. This is because we don't have any data in the Employees table. 

At this point we have the Sample database and Employees table created automatically. The following stored procedures are also automatically created.

By default, the following should be the naming convention for the stored procedures.
INSERT stored procedure - [Entity_Name]_Insert. Insert Stored procedure should return the auto-generated identity column value.
UPDATE stored procedure - [Entity_Name]_Update
DELETE stored procedure - [Entity_Name]_Delete

Step 12: Use the below SQL script to populate Employees tables with test data.
Insert into Employees values ('Mark', 'Male', 60000)
Insert into Employees values ('Steve', 'Male', 45000)
Insert into Employees values ('Ben', 'Male', 70000)
Insert into Employees values ('Philip', 'Male', 45000)
Insert into Employees values ('Mary', 'Female', 30000)
Insert into Employees values ('Valarie', 'Female', 35000)
Insert into Employees values ('John', 'Male', 80000)

At this point, 
1. Run SQL Prrofiler
2. Run the application
3. Insert, Update and Delete Employees, and notice that the respective stored procedures are being called as expected.

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  1. Very very impressive that efforts you have done, the knowledge, coverage, and everything. Many thanks in deed.

  2. Thanks for your help, i am not able to find this method MapToStoredProcedures() i am using VS 2010 and EF 4.0 please guide to resolve this.

    1. Use Nuget Package manager to install newest version of Entity FrameWork and the error disappears.

  3. Hi Venkat - In this tutorial select portion we bind with the help of datasource object and select GetEmployee method. but in MVC4 Razer Engine i am unable to find any source to bind select portion with any data source any example. My problem i have a procduer take an argument and return number of columns that i want to show in view but helpless till now. please assit

  4. i can't delete any row
    it takes null id. plz give me answer

  5. When i am trying to delete it throws error as "Value cannot be null.
    Parameter name: entity" .Please help me

  6. yes, that's right, why is that?


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