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Organizing Fluent Configurations into Separate Classes in EF Core 1.0

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20 Aug 2017CPOL
Organizing Fluent configurations into separate classes in EF Core 1.0


As you know, there is no EntityTypeConfiguration class for organizing fluent configuration classes in Entity Framework Core 1.0, but I'm going to show you how to organize fluent configuration in Entity Framework Core 1.0.


Right now, fluent configurating can be done like this:

protected override void OnModelCreating(ModelBuilder modelBuilder)
        .HasMany(b => b.Posts)

        .HasKey(b => b.Id).
        .Property(b => b.Url).HasMaxLength(500);

But when you have many entities, OnModelCreating method will be messy and hard to manage.


First, create an empty interface.

public interface IEntityMap

For each entity, create a class for fluent configuration:

public class BlogMap : IEntityMap
    public BlogMap(ModelBuilder builder)
        builder.Entity<blog>(b =>
            b.HasKey(e => e.Id);
            b.Property(e => e.Url).HasMaxLength(500).IsRequired();

public class PostMap : IEntityMap
    public PostMap(ModelBuilder builder)
        builder.Entity<post>(b =>
            b.HasKey(e => e.Id);
            b.Property(e => e.Title).HasMaxLength(128).IsRequired();
            b.Property(e => e.Content).IsRequired();

Then, we load mapping classes by reflection:

private void RegisterMaps(ModelBuilder builder)
    // Full .NET Framework
    var maps = Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().GetTypes()
        .Where(type => !string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(type.Namespace) 
            && typeof(IEntityMap).IsAssignableFrom(type) && type.IsClass).ToList();
    // .NET Core
    var maps = typeof(a type in that assembly).GetTypeInfo().Assembly.GetTypes()
        .Where(type => !string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(type.Namespace) 
            && typeof(IEntityMap).IsAssignableFrom(type) && type.IsClass).ToList();

    foreach (var item in maps)
        Activator.CreateInstance(item, BindingFlags.Public | 
        BindingFlags.Instance, null, new object[] { builder }, null);

and inside OnModelCreating method, call RegisterMaps:

protected override void OnModelCreating(ModelBuilder builder)



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Mohsen Esmailpour
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Iran (Islamic Republic of) Iran (Islamic Republic of)
I'm software developer with several years of experience developing software mainly working on web platforms and new technologies.

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