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Working with SAP ByDesign Data in LINQPad

Execute LINQ queries to SAP ByDesign data in LINQPad.

The CData ADO.NET Provider for SAP ByDesign enables you to use standard ADO.NET interfaces like LINQ and the Entity Framework to work with SAP ByDesign data. This article shows how to connect from LINQPad and execute LINQ queries.

Create the Data Model

After downloading and installing the provider and LINQPad, create a new class library project in Visual Studio.

See the help documentation for a guide to setting up an EF 6 project to use the provider.

  1. Right-click your project and click Add -> New Item -> ADO.NET Entity Data Model. In the resulting dialog, select Code First from database. Click New Connection and specify the connection string options in the resulting wizard.

    Set the following connection properties to connect to SAP ByDesign.

    • Url: Set this to the Url of your SAP ByDesign site. For example, https://test.sapbydesign.com
    • User: Set this to the username of your account.
    • Password: Set this to the password of your account.
    • CustomService or AnalyticsService: Only one of these must be specified. If you have a custom service you want to retrieve data from, specify CustomService. If you want to retrieve the reports of a analytical service, specify AnalyticsService.
      If neither is specified, 'cc_home_analytics.svc' will used as a default for the AnalyticsService property. If you are not sure what service to specify, you can always query the Services view to list available services.

    Below is a typical connection string:

    URL=https://my999999.sapbydesign.com;User=username;Password=password;CustomService=servicename;
  2. Select the desired tables and views and click Finish to create the data model.

  3. Build the project. The generated files can be used to create the SAP ByDesign connection in LINQPad.

Connect to SAP ByDesign Data in LINQPad

After you have obtained the required connection properties and created the data model assembly, follow the steps below to start using the data model in LINQPad.

  1. Open LINQPad and click Add Connection.

  2. Select the "Use a typed data context from your own assembly" option.

  3. Select Entity Framework DbContext.

  4. Click Browse next to the Path to Custom Assembly box and browse to your project folder. Browse to the .dll or .exe under the bin folder.

  5. Select the name of the DbContext.
  6. If you saved your connection string in App.Config, specify the path to the App.config.

You can now query SAP ByDesign data through LINQPad. For examples of the supported LINQ queries, see the "LINQ and Entity Framework" chapter in the help documentation.