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Removing all conventions in Entity Framework 4.1 Code First

21 Mar 2011 Entity Framework

Convention-over-configuration is great, at least for a quick start, in my opinion. But if you’re like me and you want everything under your control, you may want to remove all (at least those you can remove via code).

Because now there’s no list available (based on RC version, but very probably it’ll be same in RTM) as it was in i.e. CTP5 you need to kind of get all items implementing IConvention interface. And because I want my code work no matter what will be added or removed in next versions, I’m not going to hardcode these. Couple of lines with reflection and we’re done.

MethodInfo method;
method = typeof(ConventionsConfiguration).GetMethod("Remove");
foreach (var convention in Assembly.GetCallingAssembly()
	.Where(t => t.Namespace == "System.Data.Entity.ModelConfiguration.Conventions" || t.Namespace == "System.Data.Entity.Infrastructure")
	.Where(t => t.GetInterface("IConvention", false) != null && !t.IsInterface && !t.IsAbstract))
	method.MakeGenericMethod(convention).Invoke(modelBuilder.Conventions, null);

I’m simply looking into System.Data.Entity.ModelConfiguration.Conventions namespace, where all the “I-do-the-mapping-for-you” conventions are and also System.Data.Entity.Infrastructure namespace, where the default database creation etc. stuff lives. The code is in overridden OnModelCreating method.

Now you can explore what one must do to create proper mapping by hand. 😃

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