I don’t see Visual Tooling in EF Core. What are my options?

Folks, some of the cool features/workflows that you are used to using in EF 6.x and with some of the prior versions such as Entity First, Database First that provide visual tooling are a thing of the past in EF Core.

Don’t despair; there’s hope. There are some third-part vendors that make tools which can be easily incorporated in your EF Core projects.

Some of the names of these companies are the following:
LLBLGen Pro: It is an entity modeling solution with support for Entity Framework and Entity Framework Core. It lets you easily define your entity model and map it to your database, using database first or model first, so you can get started writing queries right away. Apart from being one of the leading entity modeling solutions for .NET, it can be used with Entity Framework, NHibernate, Linq to SQL and our own ORM, the LLBLGen Pro Runtime Framework (included). It lets you easily define your entity model and map it to your database so you can get started writing queries right away.

LLBLGenPro

Telerik Data Access: If you’ve been a .NET developer, the odds are you’ve probably used at least one of the Telerik products, may it for the good ‘ol battle ship grey forms,  ASP.NET Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC, Mobile, Just Code, Fiddler etc.

Telerik

Telerik’s Data Access tools solve development problems with the most powerful data access framework. Some of the key features of the Data Access tool from Telerik bring you the following:

  • Mapping and Model Creation including the mapping of Stored Procedures & Functions
  • Change Tracking and CRUD Operations
  • Powerful Runtime Capabilities
  • Performance Optimization
  • Support for Multiple Databases
  • Unique Fluent API Capabilities
  • Data Access Profiler
  • Testability

More information can be obtained here.

DevArt: DevArt is another one of the ORM solution providers. It offers wide set of the .NET database connectivity tools with ORM support. It includes the following ORM tools and solutions:

  • Entity Developer
  • dotConnect
  • LINQ
  • LINQ Connect

DevArtMore information can be obtained here.

About Obi Oberoi

Obi Oberoi is a Microsoft MVP (Visual Studio & Development Technologies), developer and a life-long student of continuous learning. Obi enjoys to code, read, and hang out with techies and geeks!
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