A Simple Step to Entity Framework Database First Approach


In the previous article we learned about the code first approach of the Entity Framework. A Simple Step to Entity Framework: Code First Approach.

Now we are discussing the database first approach.

This approach uses the development scenario of our database being already developed and we have an existing database and we need to go directly to the coding part. So we can directly create the EDMX for the existing database and we have the option to update the data model when the database schema is changed.

A quick start

Create an application.

asp web form

Add a new item to the project.

add new item

Add an ADO.NET Entity Data Model.

ado dot net

Select the option Generate from Database and click on the Next button.

generate form database

Click on the New Connection button.

new connection

Enter the credentials of the database server and select the database name in this wizard.

select database

Our connection details will show in the next wizard. Click on the Next button.

connection string

In this wizard we have the option to select the tables, views, Stored Procedure and functions. Click on the Finish button.

select table

Now our EDMX s created.


Right-click on the diagram; we can see many options for managing the EDMX.

nevigation properties

Here one of the options is Update Model from Database, it is for updating the model when we have changes in the database schema.

update model


In this article we learned the basic details of the Database First Approach of the Entity Framework.

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