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  • A simple architecture to manage data seeds with Entity Framework Code First 5.0

    Entity Framework Code First has introduced many included features that most team projects had to build manually, such as code and database schema synchronisation during the developement lifecycle using initializers (eg. DbMigrations) and data seeding. To use the later, the developer simply has to override the Seed Method of the initializer he has chosen to use. But the developer (or the architect) still has the responsibility to ensure that the seed code is well made, and easily maintainable. With a number of EF entities of dozens or even hundreds of table on most medium sized projects, the developer will have to think of an architecture that can divide the complexity of seeding the whole database. This article will focus on one architecture that can handle the complexity of the seed process without being too hard to use by the developer. As often, simpler is better.

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