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I've got a class library that includes a static Account entity (it's called by an external program so almost everything has to be static). Account has a list of Alert entities among other things. I've now added a website where I can add, update and delete Alerts for each account to the database, but I'm struggling with figuring out how the class library should reload the Alerts on a timer.

Basically what I want to do is something like myaccount.Alerts.Reload(), but there is no Reload (or Refresh) function in EF 6.

Any suggestions?
TIA!
Dennis
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You can call the Refresh method of your object context as shown in https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb896255(v=vs.110).aspx:

YourObjectContext.Refresh(RefreshMode.StoreWins, YourEntity);

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by:Dennis_Gundersen
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Unfortunately, that function is gone in EF 6. db.Refresh(...), simply doesn't show up in my project. It must have been supplanted by something else, but I can't find it anywhere.

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what is db? Surely not an ObjectContext!
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by:Dennis_Gundersen
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Yes, "db" is my static variable for the DbContext. I believe the ObjectContext has been replaced some time ago.

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A DbContext is not an ObjectContext! Convert it like this:
var context = new YourDbContext();
var adapter = (IObjectContextAdapter)context;
var objectContext = adapter.ObjectContext;

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by:Dennis_Gundersen
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OK, that's smart, but I still see one problem. I don't want to update the complete Account entity, since that would entail loading potentially millions on rows of Result and Order entities for that Account as well. I just want to reload myaccount.Alerts (which would probably be 5-6 rows only).
I'm thinking it may be possible with something like this:

            using (var context = new HGContext())
            {
                var adapter = (IObjectContextAdapter)context;
                var objectContext = adapter.ObjectContext;
                objectContext.Refresh(System.Data.Entity.Core.Objects.RefreshMode.StoreWins, acc.Alerts);
            }

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I'm then assuming that this would take my static Account entity and only refresh it's Alerts collection. Am I understanding this correctly?

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by:Éric Moreau
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I have situations where I refresh only one entity (table). What you wrote (acc.Alerts) should work. If you want to be sure of what is getting refreshed, open the SQL Profiler to see the query.
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Alright then, this sounds very promising. It's going to take me a while to actually test this out completely, but I'm hopeful and will just add another question of something should fail with the finer details.
Thank you very, very much!
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