Update Existing Entity using DBContext in Disconnected Scenario:

In this chapter, you will learn how to update a single entity in a disconnected scenario.

If you use Database-First approach, then create an Entity Data Model as shown in the previous chapter for SchoolDB sample database. Or, if you use Code-First or Model-First approach, then create entities and context classes. In any case, entities and context classes will look similar.

Here, we will see how to update a single Student entity (not entity graph). The following is a Student entity.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
public partial class Student
    public Student()
        this.Courses = new HashSet<Course>();
    public int StudentID { get; set; }
    public string StudentName { get; set; }
    public Nullable<int> StandardId { get; set; }
    public byte[] RowVersion { get; set; }
    public virtual Standard Standard { get; set; }
    public virtual StudentAddress StudentAddress { get; set; }
    public virtual ICollection<Course> Courses { get; set; }

The following is a context class.

using System;
using System.Data.Entity;
using System.Data.Entity.Infrastructure;
using System.Data.Entity.Core.Objects;
using System.Linq;
public partial class SchoolDBEntities : DbContext
    public SchoolDBEntities()
        : base("name=SchoolDBEntities")
    protected override void OnModelCreating(DbModelBuilder modelBuilder)
    public virtual DbSet<Course> Courses { get; set; }
    public virtual DbSet<Standard> Standards { get; set; }
    public virtual DbSet<Student> Students { get; set; }
    public virtual DbSet<StudentAddress> StudentAddresses { get; set; }
    public virtual DbSet<Teacher> Teachers { get; set; }

The following example shows how to update a Student entity in the disconnected scenario:

Student stud;
//1. Get student from DB
using (var ctx = new SchoolDBEntities())
    stud = ctx.Students.Where(s => s.StudentName == "New Student1").FirstOrDefault<Student>();

//2. change student name in disconnected mode (out of ctx scope)
if (stud != null)
    stud.StudentName = "Updated Student1";

//save modified entity using new Context
using (var dbCtx = new SchoolDBEntities())
    //3. Mark entity as modified
    dbCtx.Entry(stud).State = System.Data.Entity.EntityState.Modified;     
    //4. call SaveChanges

As you see in the above code snippet, we are doing the following steps:

  1. Get the existing student from DB.
  2. Change the student name out of Context scope (disconnected mode)
  3. Pass the modified entity into the Entry method to get its DBEntityEntry object and then mark its state as Modified
  4. Call SaveChanges() method to update student information into the database.

SaveChanges will send the following update query to the database:

exec sp_executesql N'update [dbo].[Student]
set [StudentName] = @0, [StandardId] = @1
where ([StudentID] = @2)',N'@0 varchar(50),
@1 int,@2 int',@0='Updated Student1',@1=299,@2=267


In this way, we can easily update a single entity using DBContext in the disconnected mode.

DbContext.Entry method returns an instance of DBEntityEntry for a specified Entity. An instance of DbEntityEntry class providea access to information about a given entity and its state. You can change the state of an entity to Added, Updated, or Deleted.

In the next chapter you will learn how to delete a single entity in the disconnected mode.