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LLBLGen Pro 3.0 Now Supports Multiple Persistence Frameworks

| by Abel Avram on Jun 16, 2010. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

LLBLGen Pro is an ORM tool which supports multiple mapping frameworks: LLBLGen Pro Runtime, Entity Framework, NHibernate and LINQ to SQL. Other new features are: support for .NET 4.0, model-first or database-first development mode, model view, project validation.

LLBLGen Pro has two main components: the designer – a visual tool used by the developer to create projects - and the runtime – the persistence framework interacting with a database in order to perform mapping operations. Version 3.0 comes with new features for productivity, mapping, runtime, and others:

  • Support for multiple mapping frameworks:
    • LLBLGen Pro Runtime
    • Entity Framework 1.0 & 4.0
    • NHibernate 2.x – both standard Hibernate and Fluent NHibernate
    • LINQ to SQL
  • Supports model-first or database-first development
  • Supports .NET 4.0
  • Search for LINQ projects
  • Support for Value Type (DDD)
  • Model View – a view used to edit entities
  • Integrated Template Editor
  • Support for multiple database types in single project  
  • Project validation

LLBLGen Pro supports the following databases: MS Access 2000/XP/2003/2007/2010, SQL Server 2000/2005/2008/2008R2/Express/MSDE/SQL Server CE Desktop, Oracle 9i/10g/11g, PostgreSql 7.4+/8.x+, Firebird 1.5.x/2.x, IBM DB2 7.x/8.x/9.x (not on AS/400), MySql 4.x,5.x (using Core Lab's/DevArt MySql .NET provider), Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE)/SQL iAnywhere (ASA).

The generated mapping code is C# for all four mapping frameworks and VB.NET for LLBLGen Runtime Framework. VB.NET is to be supported soon for the other three frameworks. LLBLGen Pro can be used to target the following .NET frameworks: .NET 2.0, .NET 3.0, .NET 3.5, .NET 4.0.

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Solid framework by Steve Macdonald

I've used LLBLgen 2.x on several successful large Fortune 100 implementations. Basically it is rock solid and performs exceedingly well. I've only scratched the surface of 3.0 so far. I am primarily interested in how solid Oracle support is at this stage.

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