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February 24, 2011

NCommon: read-only operations = Unit Of Work without DB transaction

Filed under: .NET, NCommon, Uncategorized — Tags: — Frantisek @ 10:10 pm

Using NCommon I found one feature which can be an issue in some cases.

Repository can ONLY be used when you started an unit of work around it. Example:

using (var scope = new UnitOfWorkScope())


                var savedCustomer = new EFRepository<Customer>()

                    .First(x => x.CustomerID == customer.CustomerID);



When new unit of work is created then it automatically starts the database transaction in the mode ReadCommited. Issue is that in case I need ONLY to read a data then I think, it’s too heavy. In other words why to pay the performance costs of creating a transaction when I want only to read the data from DB. In the default NCommon implementation this wouldn’t work:

var savedCustomer = new EFRepository<Customer>()

                    .First(x => x.CustomerID == customer.CustomerID);

I think it would be good avoid creating the DB transactions in case of read-only queries. It’s quite generic/DB-provider independed functionality so it fits into the base NCommon Repository classes. Unfortunatelly, I didnt want to change the base classes because in case new NCommon is releases and I changed the core functionality then I need to be in sync with latest NCommon verions. So I created my derived implementation for Entiry Framework v4. If there is no unit of the work created I create a single call unit of work without any transaction. Again, I think the change should be in the base NCommon classes but I wanted to stay compactible with the base classes as much as possible so I changed only the concrete Repository implementation for Entity Framework.

So using my changes the previous example works!

What do u think?

The changed NCommon for EFv4 can be found here

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