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EF Profiler and investigating object context

Summary : EF Profiler worth his money !

Long Description :

I have finished a application with Entity Framework and POCO – and custom generated (.tt) files.

Now it was time to investigate performance  – and it was a terrific problem.

How EF Prof helped me :

1.  Displaying number of ObjectContext created and disposed in a Unit of Work and / or web page.


2. Displaying problem with the ObjectCOntext : using same context from multiple threads, alerts about code like  here :


The red dot is about querying the database from the view. The gray one is about selecting a whole table without selecting top 1000 rows(OK, it was a dictionary table, like the list of countries)

3. When you want caching on your site , you can fast see this by seeing the difference between the number of queries and/or number of ObjectContext for the first time and the second one ( first time : 10, second time:2 or 0 😉 )

4. See most expensive queries as time – usually this is a good option to put an index on the “where” columns.More , you can see also non-unique queries (that you perform more than 1 time)

5. Investigate easily all queries. Know what you want to optimize and where.

Improvements  :

1. Say where is the ObjectContext that is not closing.


How to: View the Store Commands : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb896348.aspx

Sql Profiler : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa173918%28SQL.80%29.aspx

(free ones :




But the job will be done by yourself!

Entity Framework profiler

Many times I’ve had problem with the following error when inserting objects with dates with Entity Framework :

System.Data.UpdateException An error occurred while updating the entries. See the inner exception for details.SqlDateTime overflow. Must be between 1/1/1753 12:00:00 AM and 12/31/9999 11:59:59 PM.

Ok, it’s my faute – but to remember each one date is too much for me…

The usual method was to start SqlProfiler, monitor the database and see how the sql is constructed. However, the database being used by all developers, it was not so simple to differentiate between all sql’s.

Other alternative was to log the entity framework generated sql’s . I have discovered Ayende Rahien Entity Framework profiler . Simple to use , as is wrote here in 2 simple steps

  1. add reference to HibernatingRhinos.Profiler.Appender.dll
  2. put this

and start the exe. That will be all.

Do not forget to remove it on release version!


Easy to use, valuable information, good!

Cons :

Not free …