AssociationAttribute AssociationAttribute AssociationAttribute AssociationAttribute Class


Designates a property to represent a database association, such as a foreign key relationship.

public ref class AssociationAttribute sealed : System::Data::Linq::Mapping::DataAttribute
[System.AttributeUsage(System.AttributeTargets.Field | System.AttributeTargets.Property, AllowMultiple=false)]
[System.AttributeUsage(System.AttributeTargets.Property | System.AttributeTargets.Field, AllowMultiple=false)]
public sealed class AssociationAttribute : System.Data.Linq.Mapping.DataAttribute
type AssociationAttribute = class
    inherit DataAttribute
Public NotInheritable Class AssociationAttribute
Inherits DataAttribute


   private EntityRef<Customer> _Customer;
// ...
[Association(Name="FK_Orders_Customers", Storage="_Customer", ThisKey="CustomerID", IsForeignKey=true)]
public Customer Customer
		return this._Customer.Entity;
		Customer previousValue = this._Customer.Entity;
		if (((previousValue != value) 
					|| (this._Customer.HasLoadedOrAssignedValue == false)))
			if ((previousValue != null))
				this._Customer.Entity = null;
			this._Customer.Entity = value;
			if ((value != null))
				this._CustomerID = value.CustomerID;
				this._CustomerID = default(string);
Private _Customer As EntityRef(Of Customer)
<Association(Name:="FK_Orders_Customers", Storage:="_Customer", ThisKey:="CustomerID", IsForeignKey:=True)> _
Public Property Customer() As Customer
        Return Me._Customer.Entity
    End Get
    Set(ByVal value As Customer)
        Dim previousValue As Customer = Me._Customer.Entity
        If (((previousValue Is value) _
           = False) _
           OrElse (Me._Customer.HasLoadedOrAssignedValue = False)) Then
            If ((previousValue Is Nothing) _
               = False) Then
                Me._Customer.Entity = Nothing
            End If
            Me._Customer.Entity = value
            If ((value Is Nothing) _
               = False) Then
                Me._CustomerID = value.CustomerID
                Me._CustomerID = CType(Nothing, String)
            End If
        End If
    End Set
End Property


Use this attribute to represent an association in a database, such as the relationship between a foreign key and a primary key.

In the following example, the Order class includes an AssociationAttribute attribute to associate Orders with Customers.


AssociationAttribute() AssociationAttribute() AssociationAttribute() AssociationAttribute()

Initializes a new instance of the AssociationAttribute class.


DeleteOnNull DeleteOnNull DeleteOnNull DeleteOnNull

When placed on a 1:1 association whose foreign key members are all non-nullable, deletes the object when the association is set to null.

DeleteRule DeleteRule DeleteRule DeleteRule

Gets or sets delete behavior for an association.

IsForeignKey IsForeignKey IsForeignKey IsForeignKey

Gets or sets the member as the foreign key in an association representing a database relationship.

IsUnique IsUnique IsUnique IsUnique

Gets or sets the indication of a uniqueness constraint on the foreign key.

Name Name Name Name

Gets or sets the name of a column.

(Inherited from DataAttribute)
OtherKey OtherKey OtherKey OtherKey

Gets or sets one or more members of the target entity class as key values on the other side of the association.

Storage Storage Storage Storage

Gets or sets a private storage field to hold the value from a column.

(Inherited from DataAttribute)
ThisKey ThisKey ThisKey ThisKey

Gets or sets members of this entity class to represent the key values on this side of the association.

TypeId TypeId TypeId TypeId

When implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute.

(Inherited from Attribute)


Equals(Object) Equals(Object) Equals(Object) Equals(Object)

Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object.

(Inherited from Attribute)
GetHashCode() GetHashCode() GetHashCode() GetHashCode()

Returns the hash code for this instance.

(Inherited from Attribute)
GetType() GetType() GetType() GetType()

Gets the Type of the current instance.

(Inherited from Object)
IsDefaultAttribute() IsDefaultAttribute() IsDefaultAttribute() IsDefaultAttribute()

When overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class.

(Inherited from Attribute)
Match(Object) Match(Object) Match(Object) Match(Object)

When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object.

(Inherited from Attribute)
MemberwiseClone() MemberwiseClone() MemberwiseClone() MemberwiseClone()

Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.

(Inherited from Object)
ToString() ToString() ToString() ToString()

Returns a string that represents the current object.

(Inherited from Object)

Explicit Interface Implementations

_Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr) _Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr) _Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr) _Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Maps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers.

(Inherited from Attribute)
_Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr) _Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr) _Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr) _Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Retrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface.

(Inherited from Attribute)
_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCount(UInt32) _Attribute.GetTypeInfoCount(UInt32) _Attribute.GetTypeInfoCount(UInt32) _Attribute.GetTypeInfoCount(UInt32)

Retrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1).

(Inherited from Attribute)
_Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr) _Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr) _Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr) _Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr)

Provides access to properties and methods exposed by an object.

(Inherited from Attribute)

Applies to