Setting property attributes in incomplete classes

c# class entity-framework partial

Question

I have an employee class generated by Entity Framework (EF).

public partial class employee
{
    private string name;
    public string Name
    {
        get{return name;}
        set{ name = value;}
    }
}

Now I want to put a required attribute in the name property to use in for MVC3 validation in another employee partial class which is written by me in order to extend the one which is generated by EF so that I don't have to rewrite my code if I refresh the model generated by EF.

My written partial class is in the same assembly and name space.

public partial class employee
{
    // What should I write here to add required attribute in the Name property?
}
1
23
10/18/2011 4:31:09 AM

Accepted Answer

It is actually possible only through buddy class but it is not recommended way. You should keep your validation in custom view model because often you need different validations for different views but your entity can keep only single set of validation attributes.

Example of buddy class:

using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations;

[MetadataType(typeof(EmployeeMetadata))]
public partial class Employee
{
  private class EmployeeMetadata
  {
     [Required]
     public object Name; // Type doesn't matter, it is just a marker
  }
}
27
7/25/2011 8:45:01 AM

Popular Answer

You can't, as far as I'm aware - it's just not feasible.

You should possibly look to see whether MVC3 has any way of adding attributes elsewhere (e.g. to the type) which relate to another property.

Alternatively, you could add a proxying property:

[ValidationAttributesHere]
public string ValidatedName
{
    get { return Name; }
    set { Name = value; }
}


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