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Access Authorize.Net Data with Entity Framework 6

This article shows how to access Authorize.Net data using an Entity Framework code-first approach. Entity Framework 6 is available in .NET 4.5 and above.

Entity Framework is an object-relational mapping framework that can be used to work with data as objects. While you can run the ADO.NET Entity Data Model wizard in Visual Studio to handle generating the Entity Model, this approach, the model-first approach, can put you at a disadvantage if there are changes in your data source or if you want more control over how the entities operate. In this article you will complete the code-first approach to accessing Authorize.Net data using the CData ADO.NET Provider.

  1. Open Visual Studio and create a new Windows Form Application. This article uses a C# project with .NET 4.5.
  2. Run the command 'Install-Package EntityFramework' in the Package Manger Console in Visual Studio to install the latest release of Entity Framework.
  3. Modify the App.config file in the project to add a reference to the Authorize.Net Entity Framework 6 assembly and the connection string.

    You can obtain the necessary connection properties on the Security Settings -> General Settings page after logging into your Merchant Account.

    • UseSandbox: The Authorize.Net API to be used to process transactions. If you are using a production account, this property can be left blank. If you are using a developer test account, set this to 'TRUE'.
    • LoginID: The API login Id associated with your payment gateway account. This property is used to authenticate that you are authorized to submit website transactions. Note that this value is not the same as the login Id that you use to log in to the Merchant Interface.
    • TransactionKey: The transaction key associated with your payment gateway account. This property is used to authenticate that you are authorized to submit website transactions.
    <configuration> ... <connectionStrings> <add name="AuthorizeNetContext" connectionString="Offline=False;LoginId=MyLoginId;TransactionKey=MyTransactionKey;" providerName="System.Data.CData.AuthorizeNet" /> </connectionStrings> <entityFramework> <providers> ... <provider invariantName="System.Data.CData.AuthorizeNet" type="System.Data.CData.AuthorizeNet.AuthorizeNetProviderServices, System.Data.CData.AuthorizeNet.Entities.EF6" /> </providers> <entityFramework> </configuration> </code>
  4. Add a reference to System.Data.CData.AuthorizeNet.Entities.EF6.dll, located in the lib -> 4.0 subfolder in the installation directory.
  5. Build the project at this point to ensure everything is working correctly. Once that's done, you can start coding using Entity Framework.
  6. Add a new .cs file to the project and add a class to it. This will be your database context, and it will extend the DbContext class. In the example, this class is named AuthorizeNetContext. The following code example overrides the OnModelCreating method to make the following changes:
    • Remove PluralizingTableNameConvention from the ModelBuilder Conventions.
    • Remove requests to the MigrationHistory table.
    using System.Data.Entity; using System.Data.Entity.Infrastructure; using System.Data.Entity.ModelConfiguration.Conventions; class AuthorizeNetContext : DbContext { public AuthorizeNetContext() { } protected override void OnModelCreating(DbModelBuilder modelBuilder) { // To remove the requests to the Migration History table Database.SetInitializer<AuthorizeNetContext>(null); // To remove the plural names modelBuilder.Conventions.Remove<PluralizingTableNameConvention>(); } }
  7. Create another .cs file and name it after the Authorize.Net entity you are retrieving, for example, SettledBatchList. In this file, define both the Entity and the Entity Configuration, which will resemble the example below: using System.Data.Entity.ModelConfiguration; using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.Schema; [System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.Schema.Table("SettledBatchList")] public class SettledBatchList { [System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.Key] public System.String MarketType { get; set; } public System.String TotalCharge { get; set; } }
  8. Now that you have created an entity, add the entity to your context class: public DbSet<SettledBatchList> SettledBatchList { set; get; }
  9. With the context and entity finished, you are now ready to query the data in a separate class. For example: AuthorizeNetContext context = new AuthorizeNetContext(); context.Configuration.UseDatabaseNullSemantics = true; var query = from line in context.SettledBatchList select line;