Entity Framework with XML Files


Can someone point me to a good tutorial explaining the Entity Framework using an XML file instead of a database? I have seen some good tutorials with SQL databases, but I can't make the leap to an XML file.


3/3/2009 10:22:29 PM

Accepted Answer

Entity Framework itself is provider-based, and is designed to operate over a relational database. If you really wanted to, you could write your own provider for EF that reads from/writes to an xml file, but it would be a huge amount of work.

I expect you should really be looking at one of:

  • LINQ-to-XML
  • XML (de)serialization
  • XPath/XQuery
  • XSLT

Entity Framework doesn't have a natural fit in this scenario.

3/3/2009 10:32:32 PM

Linq to XML isn't all that much actually. I'd go with a serializable solution instead.

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