When trying to add a view to the edmx file, nothing happens.
I opened the edmx file using wxl editor and I noticed the following error:
warning 6013: The table/view 'CellularOrders.dbo.V_LINK' does not have a primary key defined and no valid primary key could be inferred. This table/view has been excluded. To use the entity, you will need to review your schema, add the correct keys, and uncomment it.
(importent thing - I didn't and don't need to add the table which the view based on to the edmx. Moreover, the view is only for doing select statements on the data)
So in the db, I updated the T_LINK table and made one of the fields that reflects on the view as primary key. And then, when I tryed again to add the view to the edmx nothing happens again.
How can I solve this?? Is there an option to fix this without doing anything to the table? Can I add another view that will somehow wrap the old view but with fixed properties?
Each table or view added to entity model must have some key. It actually doesn't have to be primary key. If the table doesn't have the primary key defined EF will try to infer a key using simple rule: It will take all non-nullable non-computed non-binary columns and marks them as an entity key. If none such column exist the entity cannot be automatically added and the designer will throw the mentioned warning. Workaround is adding the view manually and selecting the key yourselves but once you do it you cannot use Update from database because it will always overwrite your changes.
Your defined key should be unique otherwise you can have some other problems related to identity map used internally.
Just add a column to your view I added a Row_Number to create a key like this
SELECT ISNULL(CAST((row_number() OVER (ORDER BY tab.ENTRYDATE)) AS int), 0) AS EDMXID,...other columns go on
the tab expression is table alias and the entrydate is just a field needed for row_number built in sql-server func.
you may choose diffrent ways, e.g.
select newid() as MYEDMXID,....so on