dotConnect for Dynamics CRM is an ADO.NET provider for working with Dynamics CRM data through the standard ADO.NET or Entity Framework interfaces. It allows you to easily work with Dynamics CRM data in your.NET applications, integrate Dynamics CRM services with widely used data-oriented technologies, and effortlessly build data access layer for your projects.
dotConnect for Dynamics CRM makes it simple to create.NET applications, working with Dynamics CRM data. It offers standard ADO.NET classes, such as DynamicsConnection, DynamicsCommand, DynamicsDataAdapter, DynamicsDataReader, DynamicsParameter, etc., and thus it’s easy to master it. It’s powerful design-time editors together with seamless Visual Studio integration allow you to work with Dynamics CRM data with less efforts and less code writing.
Power of SQL
dotConnect for Dynamics CRM allows you to perform SQL queries against your Dynamics CRM data. Use SQL statements to work with Dynamics CRM accounts, contacts, leads, contracts, products, campaigns opportunities, and other objects.
Our provider offers full CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) support and allows you to get Dynamics CRM data with SELECT statements and manage data with INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements.
No need to study and use complex Dynamics CRM API, just use familiar SQL statements. You may use complex JOINs, WHERE conditions, etc. – all the SQL benefits, not available with Dynamics CRM API.
Simple queries are directly compiled to Dynamics CRM calls and executed by Dynamics CRM service, while more complex queries are split in parts. Parts of a query are executed against Dynamics CRM, and returned data is processed by our local SQL engine, which applies advanced SQL features to it.
Entity Framework Support
dotConnect for Dynamics CRM allows you to work with Dynamics CRM data via Entity Framework – Microsoft’s recommended data access technology. It supports Entity Framework v4, v5, and v6, and enables you to use the following Entity Framework features with Dynamics CRM data:
- LINQ to Entities (no need for Dynamics CRM API)
- Entity relations with lazy/eager loading
- No need to post each edited/created object separately – a single SaveChanges() call to persist all the changed objects
dotConnect for Dynamics CRM provides enhanced Entity Framework support for Dynamics CRM data with a bundled visual designer for ORM models with Visual Studio integration – Entity Developer. Standard Visual Studio Entity Data Model designer is also supported.