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Configuring Dynamic Data Store

You have the following options to configure through the application’s configuration file:

The <episerver.dataStore> element has one child element called <dataStore>.

  • The <dataStore> element has the child elements <providers> and <cache> and the following attributes:
    • defaultProvider is the name of the Dynamic Data Store provider to use.
      The name should correspond to an element with the same name in the <providers> element.
    • autoResolveType can be true (default) or false.
      If set to true then the Dynamic Data Store tries to resolve .NET Types if the System.Type.GetType method call fails for types stored in a store. The resolution is done by first removing the version information from the type string and calling Type.GetType again. If this fails, then the assembly information is removed from the type string and Type.GetType is called again. If the Type still is not resolved, an exception is thrown.
      If this value is set to false, type resolving is done through assembly redirects in the configuration file.
    • autoRemapStores can be true (default) or false.
      If this is set to true, then the Dynamic Data Store automatically remaps all .NET classes decorated with the EPiServerDataStoreAttribute attribute and where the AutomaticallyRemapStore property is set to true, to their respective stores when the Class and store mappings are no longer aligned. If this value is set to false, no automatic remapping is done for any class.
  • The <providers> elements contains a child <add> elements for each Dynamic Data Store provider available.
    Currently, only a providers for Microsoft SQL Server is available.
  • The <cache> element contains a single <providers> child element and the following attributes:
    • defaultProvider is the name of the Dynamic Data Store cache provider to use. The name should correspond to an element with the same name in the <cache> <providers> element.
  • The <cache> <providers> elements contain a child <add> elements for each Dynamic Data Store cache provider available.
    Currently, providers are available for HTTP Runtime and Null (no caching).

Recommendations

  • Create/obtain instances of the DynamicDataStore on the stack, use them and then discard them. Note that the Dynamic Data Store is not thread safe and if an instance is used and shared between multiple threads, it should be protected with thread-locking techniques.
  • Implement EPiServer.Data.IDynamicData or a Guid property called Id on your objects to be saved when you want to control the external identity of your objects.
  • Use the same instance of a Dynamic Data Store to load and then update a POCO object (object without identity).

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