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Release Notes for Trackable Entities v 2.5

Updated release notes for v 2.5 can be found here:

  1. Trackable Entities NuGet packages v 2.5.
    • New EntityBase class for trackable entities.
      • Improved implementation of INotifyPropertyChanged: Allows parameterless version of NotifyPropertyChanged (.Net 4.5).
      • Implements interfaces needed for change tracking and merging.
      • EntityBase is non-generic in order to support inheritance.
      • ModelBase<T> has been deprecated and marked as obsolete.
    • Support for inheritance.
      • Trackable entity classes can now derive from other entities.
      • Client and service libraries both support inheritance.
    • Compatibility has been enabled for Windows Phone 8.1.
    • Minor bug fixes.
  2. Updated code generation templates.
    • T4 templates now use EntityBase instead of ModelBase.
    • Json and DataContract serialization attributes have been removed.
      • Project templates include packages and code to configure Json and DataContract serializers to handle cyclical references.
    • T4 templates are now deployed as NuGet packages.
      • EF Power Tools and EF 6.x Tools for Visual Studio are both supported.
      • Versions for separate client and service entities, shared entities, with portable and .Net 4.5 targets.
    • T4 templates support both the Entity Framework Power Tools and the Entity Framework 6.x Tools for Visual Studio.
  3. Project templates for Shared Entities between client and service.
    • Project templates for Visual Studio 2013 and later now offer an option to create shared entities in a single project that is referenced both by client and service projects.
      • A Shared Entities template has been added for EDMX-based models.
      • Visual Studio 2012 projects may be manually updated by installing a code generation NuGet package and re-generating entities which derive from EntityBase.
    • When creating a Trackable Entities project, a wizard will prompt for an entity format selection:
      • Separate Client / Service Entities vs Shared Entities
      • Portable vs .Net 4.5 Target
    • Individual entities projects may be added to a solution, or a multi-project solution may be selected (WCF, Web API, Web API with Repo and Unit of Work Patterns).
      • For convenience all service projects include the TrackableEntities.Client NuGet package to support shared entities, but you may wish to remove it if you are using separate client and service entities.
    • Shared entities allow WCF clients to use "Add Service Reference" instead of a client channel factory.

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