Building a Photo Tagging Application using ASP.NET 2.0, LINQ, and Atlas
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by Scott Guthrie
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Step 2: Creating our LINQ for SQL data model

Once my database was built, I created a new LINQ-enabled ASP.NET web-site by selecting the LINQ template that is installed by the LINQ May CTP within the “New Website” dialog in Visual Web Developer (the free IDE for ASP.NET development).  This sets up an ASP.NET 2.0 project that has LINQ fully configured, and allows me to easily use LINQ to connect against databases.

I then created a LINQ-enabled object model that I could use to interact with the database defined above.  The next release of Visual Studio will provide a really nice WYSIWYG designer for creating and mapping this database object model.  In the meantime, I just used the command-line “sqlmetal” utility that ships with LINQ to quickly create this.  All I had to-do was to open up a command-line console and type the following commands to accomplish this:

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>> cd c:\Program Files\LINQ Preview\Bin
>> sqlmetal /database:PhotoDB /pluralize /namespace:PhotoAlbum /code:c:\Projects\PhotoApp\app_code\PhotoDB.cs

This created a LINQ-enabled object model for the “PhotoDB” database on my local system and stored the generated classes within the “PhotoDB.cs” file within the ASP.NET LINQ project.  Note that the classes generated are declared as “partial types” – meaning developers can optionally add additional properties/methods to them in separate files (common scenarios: entity validation or helper methods). 

Once this LINQ-enabled object model is created, I can then easily use this LINQ-enabled object model anywhere within my ASP.NET application.  For example, to create two new Albums in the Albums table I could just write this code:

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PhotoDB photoDb = new PhotoDB();
Album album1 = new Album();
album1.AlbumName = "Africa Trip";
Album album2 = new Album();
Album2.AlbumName = "Europe Trip";

When the "SubmitChanges()" method is called above, the album instances above are saved into the SQL Server database within the Albums table – without me having to write any raw SQL or data access code.  The above code is all that needed to be written for this to work.

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