EntityType Exception mapping and metadata information could not be found.

asp.net-mvc-2 c# entity-framework metadata viewmodel

Question

I am trying out ASP.NET MVC Framework 2 with the Microsoft Entity Framework and when I try and save new records I get this error:

Mapping and metadata information could not be found for EntityType 'WebUI.Controllers.PersonViewModel'

My Entity Framework container stores records of type Person and my view is strongly typed with class PersonViewModel which derives from Person. Records would save properly until I tried to use the derived view model class. Can anyone explain why the metadata class doesnt work when I derive my view model? I want to be able to use a strongly typed model and also use data annotations (metadata) without resorting to mixing my storage logic (EF classes) and presentation logic (views).

// Rest of the Person class is autogenerated by the EF
[MetadataType(typeof(Person.Metadata))]
public partial class Person
{
  public sealed class Metadata
  {
    [DisplayName("First Name")]
    [Required(ErrorMessage = "Field [First Name] is required")]
    public object FirstName { get; set; }

    [DisplayName("Middle Name")]            
    public object MiddleName { get; set; }

    [DisplayName("Last Name")]
    [Required(ErrorMessage = "Field [Last Name] is required")]
    public object LastName { get; set; }
  }
}

// From the View (PersonCreate.aspx)
<%@ Page Language="C#" MasterPageFile="~/Views/Shared/Site.Master"
         Inherits="System.Web.Mvc.ViewPage<WebUI.Controllers.PersonViewModel>" %>

// From PersonController.cs
public class PersonViewModel : Person
{
   public List<SelectListItem> TitleList { get; set; }
} // end class PersonViewModel

Update: here is the stack trace:

[InvalidOperationException: Mapping and metadata information could not be found for EntityType 'WebUI.Controllers.PersonViewModel'.]  

System.Data.Objects.ObjectContext.GetTypeUsage(Type entityCLRType) +11531168  

System.Data.Objects.ObjectContext.VerifyRootForAdd(Boolean doAttach, String entitySetName, IEntityWrapper wrappedEntity, EntityEntry existingEntry, EntitySet& entitySet, Boolean& isNoOperation) +195  

System.Data.Objects.ObjectContext.AddObject(String entitySetName, Object entity) +243  

DomainModel.Entities.MyEntities.AddToPeople(Person person) in C:\Users\...\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Projects\PersonWeb\DomainModel\Entities\MyEntities.Designer.cs:71  

DomainModel.Concrete.Repository.SavePerson(Person person) in C:\Users\...\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Projects\PersonWeb\DomainModel\Concrete\Repository.cs:42  

WebUI.Controllers.PersonController.Create(FormCollection form, Int32 hidCancel) in C:\Users\...\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Projects\PersonWeb\WebUI\Controllers\PersonController.cs:163
   lambda_method(Closure , ControllerBase , Object[] ) +165  

System.Web.Mvc.ReflectedActionDescriptor.Execute(ControllerContext controllerContext, IDictionary`2 parameters) +258  

System.Web.Mvc.ControllerActionInvoker.InvokeActionMethod(ControllerContext
controllerContext, ActionDescriptor actionDescriptor, IDictionary`2 parameters) +39  

System.Web.Mvc.c__DisplayClassd.b__a() +125  

System.Web.Mvc.ControllerActionInvoker.InvokeActionMethodFilter(IActionFilter filter, ActionExecutingContext preContext, Func`1 continuation) +640  

System.Web.Mvc.ControllerActionInvoker.InvokeActionMethodWithFilters(ControllerContext
controllerContext, IList1 filters, ActionDescriptor actionDescriptor, IDictionary`2 parameters) +312  

System.Web.Mvc.ControllerActionInvoker.InvokeAction(ControllerContext controllerContext, String actionName) +709  

System.Web.Mvc.Controller.ExecuteCore() +162  

System.Web.Mvc.c__DisplayClass8.b__4() +58  

System.Web.Mvc.Async.c__DisplayClass1.b__0() +20  

System.Web.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute() +453  

System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously) +371  

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5/5/2011 8:47:42 AM

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For me it was a simple problem where I had called my table UserAccount in my database by mistake when the value in the *.edmx file was UserAccounts. HTH.

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