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Public Release (v5.1)

Rating:        Based on 18 ratings
Reviewed:  18 reviews
Downloads: 28251
Change Set: 79751
Released: Aug 15, 2013
Updated: Aug 15, 2013 by codetools
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Release Notes

Numerous changes are occurring all the time. Please view the Release Notes on its own page.

The previous code line for 4.1 is still available in SVN. However the new Visual Modeler 5.1 is now the current release. This is a modeling tool that emits Entity Framework as its data access layer.

Reviews for this release

This ORM is simply fantastic, I can see benefits already and on my fourth day at this.
by slimsuperb on Sep 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM
NHydrate 5 is absolutely amazing and the developer is incredibly responsive. It is one of the only ORMs I've experienced that handles inheritance with such ease and grace. It saves so much time that you'd be a fool not to use this.
by abtinrostamian on Jun 13, 2012 at 7:19 AM
WOW, I have been hand coding something similar (not as complex or complete) and stumbled on this. This is one of the best tools for .NET ever. ORM at it's best will be better when we can target multiple database vendors (mysql, oracle) and .Net Languages. I'm trying to incorporate this into my project today. Highly Recommended !!!
by pstewart on Jul 2, 2011 at 7:28 PM
An excellent open-source ORM tool for Visual Studio users. The designer is intuitive and it's one of the few I've tested that does not abstract the database from the programmer. Code generation is pretty good and Chris resolves quickly any issues with it. Highly recommended!
by Frontier314 on Jun 6, 2011 at 8:30 AM
This is a great tool and with more generator libraries added this has become all the more handy. Certainly improves production by saving a lot of time and generating a pretty decent DAL. In addition to that Chris has been open to suggestions and he & his team provide quick response & updates which is great. Would certainly recommend this tool
by pj03 on May 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM
I would also like to add that this tool is a must in anyones belt. Generated code is of high quality, very simple to use API, and especially love the IOC features it has built in. After using it on a few pilot tests i am convinced in using this tool at production level work. Giannis
by giannik on Mar 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM
Working with the EFDAL. Very user friendly ORM tool. Has usefull additions to the standard EFDAL. It does speedup development time when using nHydrate! Also very good, quick and active support from the guy(s) who develop it. They are also very open minded for wishes.
by Sven73 on Feb 28, 2011 at 5:58 PM
I knew nothing at all about Entity Framework before I started using nHydrate. It's very logical structure and solid code generation made coming down the learning curve not only easy, but fun! I plan on using it as my primary DAL going forward.
by MarkOlbert on Jan 20, 2011 at 2:26 AM
Our company has been using nHydrate for a few years now, and we have begun moving to the new EFDAL. It has proven stable, reliable, and far more convenient than constructing your own framework or working with EF directly. The database management project has been extremely useful as well.
by kaburdett on Dec 6, 2010 at 4:08 PM
I love the concept - creating stored procedures and objects simply from a database design or a model design; nHydrate rapidly helped me get the basics of a working system. Downside - the documentation; had to figure lots out myself rather than having something easy to read and follow through.
by iainfogg on Nov 26, 2010 at 8:27 AM
Good framework!
by aaron8tang on Oct 28, 2010 at 6:21 AM
I think it's unstable release can't import the simpliest two tables with reference
by xidius on Oct 15, 2010 at 7:42 AM
nHydrate, the best code generating ORM tool out there. The most feature rich that I have seen. It is easy to model, generate and code against. You get database installer/versioning and table/row auditing thrown in. IMHO it is superior to EF using secure paramitised stored procedures for CRUD operations. Object graph/relationship walking in any direction to any level. Try it, you will love it.
by wakp on Sep 15, 2010 at 9:34 PM
I have to say i just love using nhydrate. makes life so much easier. There are only 2 things that need some work. 1. The DB designer is clunky and a pain. All the back and forward clicking is a pain it is much easier to build the db in sql manager and import but i would prefer to do it in nhydrate. 2. Nhydrate db changes that fail when upgrade the db are a bitch to reverse from nHydrate.
by seertenedos on Jul 16, 2010 at 1:18 AM
One of the best ORM tools that I have ever used! The coding syntax is simply fantastic and the generated projects cover everything from the raw DAL all the way up to full REST services. A few key missing elements are preventing me from giving this tool 5 stars: 1) Visual DB designer, 2) Support for Silverlight, 3) Support for SQLCE.
by husterk on Jul 12, 2010 at 1:15 PM
Great release! But, for first time users, must also download the "Step-by-Step" document to generate the code and also the "Users Manual" to understand the structure and features of NHydrate.
by Hans38 on Jul 11, 2010 at 4:21 PM
I don't know what this guy is talking about. While no there is no Getting Started guide, there are several Youtube videos which really illustrate effectively using nhydrate. WATCH THEM! You'll learn most of what you need to know from there.
by reverand on Jun 2, 2010 at 9:18 PM
Never worked with nHydrate but wanted to evaluate. I tried the VS2010 release. Don't see any way to work with it other than a menu option for nHydrate settings, which nothing happens when I click on this menu option. Maybe from there it should be self-explanatory. Can't seem to find a Getting Started doc to help out. Doc that came with download doesn't address this.
by pucsoftware on May 31, 2010 at 4:22 PM