Connecting to a SQL Compact database using Entity Framwork in ASP.NET

Posted on April 3, 2013 by Michael Roma

The following shows how to setup a proper connection string and DbContext in Entity Framework in order to connect to a SQL Compact database in ASP.NET.

Here is an example configuration string in your Web.Config: Here is the code for a base DbContext that uses the above connection string:

public class BaseRepository : DbContext, IDisposable
    // constructor, connect to database
    public BaseRepository()
        : base(new SqlCeConnection("myDatabase"),
                 contextOwnsConnection: true) { }        
    // dispose
    protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
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