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How to: Obtain A Context Instance Without Passing A Connection String

Telerik Data Access can instantiate a context without the need of a connection string. The functionality is applicable only in the cases when at least one instance of the context was already created with a given connection string. It relays on the customized value of the OpenAccessContextBase.CacheKey property and this article demonstrates how to set up your model in order to use it.

  1. Open the class file that holds your context class.
  2. Override the CacheKey property so that it returns a value of your own choice (you can also apply some custom computed logic).

    using Telerik.OpenAccess;
    namespace MultipleModels
        public partial class FluentModel : OpenAccessContext
            protected override string CacheKey
                    return "my cache key";
    Imports Telerik.OpenAccess
    Namespace MultipleModels
        Partial Public Class FluentModel Inherits OpenAccessContext
            Protected Overrides ReadOnly Property CacheKey() As String
                    Return "my cache key"
                End Get
            End Property
        End Class
    End Namespace
  3. Save the file.

  4. Test the set up - at this point, you can instantiate the context for the first time by using one of the Telerik Data Access generated constructors and for the next times by passing String.Empty to the FluentModel(string connection) constructor. For example:

    string connectionString = @"SofiaCarRentalConnection";
        using (FluentModel dbContext = new FluentModel(connectionStringName))
            //TODO: Execute Context Logic
        using (FluentModel dbContext = new FluentModel(String.Empty))
            //TODO: Execute Additional Context Logic
    Dim connectionString As String = "SofiaCarRentalConnection"
        Using dbContext As New FluentModel(connectionStringName)
            'TODO: Execute Context Logic
        End Using
        Using dbContext As New FluentModel(String.Empty)
            'TODO: Execute Additional Context Logic
        End Using