How Do I Get My DbContext?

From time to time it is necessary to either pass a DbContext to some framework code that expects it, or to know the type of your DbContext, for instance when setting a database initializer. The answer depends slightly on which part of Highway your using, as follows:

  • In Highway.Data.EntityFramework, the DataContext class is a child of DbContext. As such anywhere you need DbContext, simply pass your instance of IDataContext as DbContext. This may require a soft cast if your variable is of type IDataContext and not DataContext, which it normally should and will be.
  • In Highway.OnRamp.MVC.Data we subclass the default DataContext class of Highway.Data.EntityFramework into a class called HighwayDataContext to change the constructor a bit. As such, the type of of your DbContext is HighwayDataContext, but as above any IDataContext can be cast to DbContext with success.