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How to: Import .NET Framework Metadata into Modeling Services using "Quadrant"

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This is the first step in Walkthrough: Using the System_Runtime Domain. This step shows you how to import metadata about two assemblies into SQL Server Modeling Services by using Microsoft code name “Quadrant”. The next step is How to: Browse .NET Framework Metadata using "Quadrant".

Create a Folder to associate with the imported assemblies

  1. In the Repository Explorer workpad, double-click the Repository folder to open the FoldersTable. In the Repository Explorer workpad, right-click the Repository folder and select Insert Folder. A new entry appears adjacent to the Repository folder.

    Shows creating a Folder in "Quadrant"

    Press CTRL+S to save the folder with default name New Folder

    Shows New Folder in "Quadrant"
  2. Double-click the New Folder Folder to open the new folder in a separate workpad, then switch the view to Properties for the new folder.

    Shows New Folder in "Quadrant"
  3. Click the Name field and change the name of the folder to DinnerNowFolder. Save your change by pressing CTRL+S. The Repository Explorer workpad now shows a DinnerNowFolder folder along with the built-in Repository folder.

    Shows DinnerNowFolder in "Quadrant".

Import assembly metadata to the DinnerNowFolder

  1. In the Repository Explorer window, click DinnerNowFolder to make it the active folder.

    Shows Folders view in "Quadrant".
  2. On the Data menu, click Import Assembly to import an assembly.

    Shows Import Assembly Menu Item in "Quadrant".
  3. In the Import Assembly dialog, change the path to location of the assemblies downloaded earlier, select the DinnerNow.Business.dll assembly, and then click Open.

  4. Repeat the previous step to load the DinnerNow.Data.dll assembly. Then press F5 with the Repository Explorer window active to refresh the loaded data.

  5. To view your loaded data, in the Repository Explorer workpad, expand Database, expand System_Runtime, and then double-click Assemblies (or drag the icon next to Assemblies onto the workspace). A workpad in master-detail view appears showing the assemblies that you’ve loaded. The left side of the view is a tree view that shows assemblies, and the right side shows information about the selected node (you will need to make the workpad a bit larger to view all of this information).

    Shows new Assemblies view in "Quadrant".

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