Daniel Casserly Daniel Casserly - 3 months ago 17
C# Question

linq to entities changing database connection string in code

I am using the devart component dotconnect for postgresql. I have created the site using linq to entities, however, I would like each user to have a seperate database. This means that I need to change the connection string for each person that has logged in. I understand the main part of how to generate a new connection string etc, however, when i pass that as a paramater to the object context object it comes back with the error

"user id keyword not supported, "

if i create a class that generates an entity connection the error message changes to:

"Unable to load the specified metadata resource."

Cannot work out what I have done wrong in these instances.


ok so, as usual, when i posted this question, about 3 minutes later i found the problem. The entity connection string, for general purposes should have a cool little


this makes the metadata work. This solves the problem of metadata resource and this works. So to help others who may, like me, have spent development time doing this, i created a class, with a method like so.

 public static string getConnString(string database)
        string connectionstring = "User Id=USER ID HERE;Password=PASSWORD HERE;Host=server;Database="+database+";Persist Security Info=True;Schema=public";

        EntityConnectionStringBuilder newconnstring = new EntityConnectionStringBuilder();
        newconnstring.Metadata = @"res://*/"; 
        newconnstring.Provider = "Devart.Data.PostgreSql";
        newconnstring.ProviderConnectionString = connectionstring;

        return newconnstring.ToString();


then create a constructor like so

   dataEntities data = new dataEntities(databaseConnection.getConnString(INSERTDBNAMEHERE);

Then we can reference that in the same way as a usual linq statement. Simples!!