The web service software factory (December 2006 release) actually is made up of 3 guidance packages:
- Web Service Software Factory (ASMX)
- Web Service Software Factory (WCF)
- Web Service Software Factory (Data Access)
Each of these guidance packages is independent from each other, and the out-of-the-box data access guidance package works with SQL Server.
I have collaborated with yogz on the development of an Oracle compatible data access guidance package. Far from being complete, the package does provide the following functionality:
- Ability to generate data repository classes from business entities, with selection factories compatible with Oracle.
- Ability to handle code constructs for retrieving a single object (Get One operation), a single object with sub-objects (Get One Complex), and a generic list of objects that optionally may have sub-objects (Get Many). Unfortunately, some manual work is still required because the guidance package UI does not show sub-objects and Oracle ref cursors are not executed for retrieval of schema information.
- Many refinements were made on the processing of IN/OUT parameters in the “Get” operations. These refinements were not ported to the “Update” and “Insert” operations yet.
The Oracle data access guidance package is available here: http://www.codeplex.com/servicefactory/Wiki/View.aspx?title=OracleSchemaDiscovery&referringTitle=Home.
Many improvements remain to be made, but going from the 80/20 to the 100 is going to take significant effort. We’ve used this on our project and found that the 80 was good enough…