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Specifying SmallDateTime as data type for Entity Framework Code First

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Is there a way to force a DateTime model property to be created in SQL Server as a SmallDateTime?  This is in a asp.net MVC 5 project with EF 6.  The target db is SQL Server 2012.
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by:Gustav Brock
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Not that I know of.
And why would you? Except for saving a few bytes of storage, it has no advantage of other date types.

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Ioannis Paraskevopoulos earned 500 total points
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Hi,

you can specify the data type in the On Model creating method:

protected override void OnModelCreating(DbModelBuilder modelBuilder)
{
    modelBuilder.Entity<YourEntityName>().Property(p => p.YourPropertyName)
        .HasColumnType("smalldatetime");
}

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or you may try the annotation:

[Column(TypeName="smalldatetime")] 

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You may have a look here.

Giannis
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by:canuckconsulting
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Giannis - Perfect!  Thanks.

gustav - I'm as stingy with bytes as I am money.  :)
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