[SOLVED] Entity Framework with XML Files

Issue

Is there a method to use an XML file instead of a database in the Entity Framework?

Solution

Entity Framework itself is provider-based, and is designed to operate over a relational database. If you really wanted to, you could write your own provider for EF that reads from/writes to an xml file, but it would be a huge amount of work.

I expect you should really be looking at one of:

  • LINQ-to-XML
  • XML (de)serialization
  • XPath/XQuery
  • XSLT

Entity Framework doesn’t have a natural fit in this scenario.

Answered By – Marc Gravell

Answer Checked By – Dawn Plyler (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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