Is there an Entity Framework in-memory provider?

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I am unit testing code written against the ADO .NET Entity Framework. I would like to populate an in-memory database with rows, and make sure that my code retrieves them properly.

I can mock the Entity Framework using Rhino Mocks, but that would not be sufficient. I would be telling the query what entities to return to me. This would neither test the where clause nor the .Include() statements. I want to be sure that my where clause matches only the rows I intend, and no others. I want to be sure that I have asked for the entities that I need, and none that I don't.

For example:

class CustomerService
    ObjectQuery<Customer> _customerSource;
    public CustomerService(ObjectQuery<Customer> customerSource)
        _customerSource = customerSource;
    public Customer GetCustomerById(int customerId)
        var customers = from c in _customerSource.Include("Order")
            where c.CustomerID == customerId
            select c;
        return customers.FirstOrDefault();

If I mock the ObjectQuery to return a known customer populated with orders, how do I know that CustomerService has the right where clause and Include? I would rather insert some customer rows and some order rows, then assert that the right customer was selected and the orders are populated.

2/22/2009 4:39:02 PM

Accepted Answer

There is not currently a in memory provider for EF, but if you take a look at Highway.Data it has a base abstraction interface and an InMemoryDataContext.

Testing Data Access and EF with Highway.Data

5/16/2014 12:16:58 AM

Popular Answer

An InMemory provider is included in EF7 (pre-release).

You can use either the NuGet package, or read about it in the EF repo on GitHub (view source).

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