Shadow properties

Going one step further from private properties, in a well-defined model, it may make sense to hide certain properties from the developers so that they do not make unwanted changes to them, consciously or not.

Historically, Entity Framework, like most ORMs, has three models:

  • POCO model: This represents the .NET classes and their properties and references
  • Database model: This represents the tables, views, and columns (in the case of relational data stores) where data is actually stored
  • Mapping model: This model binds the two preceding models; this is where we say that the MyEntity class is to be stored in the MY_ENTITY table and the Id property goes into the MY_ENTITY_ID column

Note

Entity Framework used to call these models Conceptual ...

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