About dotConnect for Salesforce

Integrate Salesforce services into .NET applications.

dotConnect for Salesforce provides access to data from Salesforce.com and Database.com cloud databases through ADO.NET or Entity Framework interfaces. It allows you to easily integrate Salesforce data into your .NET applications and integrate Salesforce services with widely used data-oriented technologies. dotConnect for Salesforce offers local SQL engine to query Salesforce data, advanced data caching, query optimization and other enterprise level features.

dotConnect for Salesforce Features

Connecting to Salesforce from Server Explorer To create a Server Explorer connection, you just need to:

  • Click Connect to Database on the Server Explorer toolbar
  • Change Data Source to Salesforce Data Source
  • Specify the login url to the data source, your Salesforce user id and password

That's all, now you can work with Salesforce data right in Visual Studio - select data from Salesforce entities and edit it.

Salesforce Data Binding

  • Build your data access layer without writing code manually
  • Configure dotConnect for Salesforce components in powerful design-time editors
  • Bind data grids and other controls to Salesforce data just by configuring the smart tags
  • Work with Salesforce data just like with a database

dotConnect for Salesforce allows you to perform SQL queries against your Salesforce data. Use SQL statements to work with Salesforce accounts, contacts, leads, contracts, products, campaigns opportunities, and other objects. The provider offers full CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) support and allows you to get Salesforce data with SELECT statements and manage data with INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements. No need to study and use complex Salesforce API, just use familiar SQL statements. You may use complex JOINs, WHERE conditions, etc. - all the SQL benefits, not available with Salesforce API.

Entity Framework Support

dotConnect for Salesforce allows you to access Salesforce data via Entity Framework - Microsoft's recommended data access technology. It supports Entity Framework v4, v5, v6, and Entity Framework Core, and enables you to use the following Entity Framework features with Salesforce data:

  • LINQ to Entities (no need for Salesforce API)
  • Entity relations with lazy/eager loading
  • No need to post each edited/created object separately - a single SaveChanges() call to persist all the changed objects

dotConnect for Salesforce provides enhanced Entity Framework support for Salesforce data with a bundled visual designer for ORM models with Visual Studio integration - Entity Developer. Standard Visual Studio Entity Data Model designer is also supported.

dotConnect for Salesforce Standard Features

  • Local SQL engine
  • Advanced local caching
  • Standard ADO.NET classes
  • SalesforceMonitor class
  • Design-time features, including component editors and property editors
  • Advanced Visual Studio integration

dotConnect for Salesforce Professional Additional Features

  • SSIS Data Flow Source and Destination
  • Entity Framework support
  • Entity Developer for dotConnect
  • dbMonitor support