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Unosquare Labs EntityFramework.EnterpriseExtensions Library contains a set of useful helpers and classes to common tasks related to process and data manipulation in enterprise applications.

NuGet Installation:

NuGet version

PM> Install-Package Unosquare.EntityFramework.EnterpriseExtensions


NuGet version

PM> Install-Package Unosquare.Identity.EntityFramework.EnterpriseExtensions

if you are using Identity Entity Framework.


First you need to change your DbContext or IdentityDbContext to BusinessDbContext or IdentityBusinessDbContext respectively and you can attach Business Controllers to your DbContext in the constructor. They will execute before any time you call SaveChanges method. The controllers require specified a BusinessRuleAttribute to identify what CRUD action and which Entity types will be processed.

EF Enterprise Extensions includes a JobBase abstract class (with a singleton extension named SingletonJobBase), so you can build business jobs easily. Check the Sample app.

Business Rules - Audit Trail

Audit Trails is a task to save the changes to any operation performed in a record. In other words, capture what change between any data saving. This operation is important in many systems and you can accomplish with these extensions easily. The AuditTrailController can be attached to your BusinessDbContextand setup which Entities will be recorded in the three CRUD actions supported, create, update and delete.

To start using the AuditTrailController you need to specify a table where the Audit Trail data will be, you should implement the IAuditTrailEntry interface in your entity, for example:

public class AuditTrailEntry : IAuditTrailEntry
        public int AuditId { get; set; }

        public string UserId { get; set; }
        public string TableName { get; set; }
        public int Action { get; set; }
        public string JsonBody { get; set; }
        public DateTime DateCreated { get; set; }

Since you need to know who change the data, you need to construct your DataContext with the user relation. For example, in Web API you can send the UserId from the request in the DataContext constructor. The AuditTrailController requires two parameters, the DbContext instance, and a string to identify the user, and two type parameters, the DbContext type and the AudiTrailEntry type. You can call the extension method UseAuditTrail to add the Business Controller to your Business DataContext.

public class SampleDb : BusinessDbContext
        public string UserId { get; set; }

        public SampleDb(DbConnection connection, string userid) : base(connection, true)
            UserId = userid;
            this.UseAuditTrail<SampleDb, AuditTrailEntry>(userid);

        public DbSet<AuditTrailEntry> AuditTrailEntrys { get; set; }

        public DbSet<Order> Orders { get; set; }
        public DbSet<OrderDetail> OrderDetails { get; set; }
        public DbSet<Product> Products { get; set; }

By default, all the entities will be audited, you can access the Audit Trail controller and set up the action-types relation with the method AddTypes. All the data is stored as a JSON string. You can use this Business Controller or you can create your own and probably change to serialize the data change in XML or every property in one database record.


The Jobs is a wrapper for your tasks. They can run in a single instance (singletons with SingletonJobBase) or with multiple executions using JobBase. You can execute them in your ASP.NET applications (WebApi too) using the HostingEnvironment.QueueBackgroundWorkItem method in .NET 4.6 and set up your execution condition with a DateTime or a flag.

To begin using this Jobs, you need to create a class and inherit from SingletonJobBase or JobBase and fill the implementation methods. The jobs expose three executions modes:

  • Run - The simple non-async way to execute the task. You can provide your own ThreadPool or mechanism to execute them. Returns true if the task was executed.
  • RunAsync - An awaitable method to run your task.
  • RunBackgroundWork - The ideal method to keep a scheduled task, with an optional idle timespan. You can use this method with HostingEnvironment.QueueBackgroundWorkItem and your BackgroundCondition method to generate a cron-like system in your OWIN application.