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Above is the LINQ to SQL designer view for my data context.

Below is the relevant code that the designer generates:

Accessor for the abstract ActivityBase class:

        public System.Data.Linq.Table<ActivityBase> ActivityBases
                return this.GetTable<ActivityBase>();

The ActivityBase class and the list of subclasses:

[InheritanceMapping(Code="1", Type=typeof(ActivityBase), IsDefault=true)]
[InheritanceMapping(Code="2", Type=typeof(Project))]
[InheritanceMapping(Code="3", Type=typeof(ProjectActivity))]
[InheritanceMapping(Code="5", Type=typeof(Task))]
[InheritanceMapping(Code="4", Type=typeof(Activity))]
public abstract partial class ActivityBase : INotifyPropertyChanging, INotifyPropertyChanged

Is there a way to generate accessor methods for the subclasses as shown in the inheritance mapping above (Project, Task, etc...) without doing it manually? I added them manually but then a change in the designer overwrites any manual changes.

Am i doing this wrong? should I not be making accessors for the sub classes? filtering from ActivityBase seems worse to me.

Thanks for any help on this.

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Notice that LINQ to SQL creates partial classes. If you want to modify the automatically generated classes you can do so by declaring a partial class with the same name and adding the methods there. This way they won't get overwritten when you make a change in the designer.


I found this question answers what I wanted to know:

What is the .cs file under MyDataContext.dbml for?

since the data context is also a partial class I can use that file.

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