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Thursday, December 8, 2011

How to: Turn Pluralization On and Off (O/R Designer)

Introduction

How to: Turn Pluralization On and Off (O/R Designer)

By default, when you drag database objects that have names ending in 's' or 'ies' from Server Explorer / Database Explorer onto the Object Relational Designer (O/R Designer) , the names of the generated entity classes are changed from plural to singular.

Reason

This is done to more accurately represent the fact that the instantiated entity class maps to a single record of data. For example, adding a Members table to the O/R Designer results in an entity class named Member because the class will hold data for only a single Member.

Pluralization is on by default only in the English-language version of Visual Studio.

To turn pluralization ON and OFF

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options .
  2. In the Optionsdialog box, expand Database Tools.
  3. Click O/R Designer.
  4. Set Pluralization of names to Enabled = False to set the O/R Designer so that it does not change class names.
  5. Set Pluralization of names to Enabled = True to apply pluralization rules to the class names of objects added to the O/R Designer.

Source : MSDN


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