eXpress Persistent Objects - 2020 Roadmap

XPO Team Blog
22 January 2020

To help us deliver the best possible features for the eXpress Persistent Objects (XPO) ORM library in 2020, please take a moment to review the list below and share your opinions with us.

Housekeeping & .NET Core

There are a number of housekeeping tasks that need to be completed during each release cycle. The following list summarizes our plans for 2020. 

SQL Server "Always Encrypted"

We hope to refactor our core to introduce typed query parameters (for instance, null parameters with type information or additional information such as ping). This will help us support Always Encrypted - a very important feature for enterprise customers. Batch updates and operations on slow connections will also benefit from this refactoring. Expect a Beta in v20.1 and a final release in v20.2. 

Database Schema Migrations

We want a simpler process to incrementally update database schema and preserve existing data after changes are made to XPO’s data model (AS4684). At present, we handle initial database creation and schema tuning along with basic data model changes only (create tables and columns for new classes and properties). For more complex sync tasks, developers need to create database scripts or specialized helper methods. For instance, XAF's ModuleUpdater ships with the DropColumn, RenameTable, DropConstraint and other APIs for Microsoft SQL Server for this purpose. Our goal is to make this process better than that found in EF Core Migrations. Expect a Beta in v20.1 and a final release in v20.2

Your Opinion Counts

As always, we look forward to your comments and questions. Please share your thoughts below or email

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