.net – What Does ‘Insert = true’ mean on an Castle Active Record Association – Education Career Blog

I am working on a project using Castle Active Record. I stumbled across the “Insert = true” attribute argument on the AR association today, but I couldnt workout what it actually does.

BelongsTo("UserId",Insert = true)
public ARUser User {
  get { return mUser; }
  set { mUser = value; }

Can someone give me a clue? I couldn’t find the answer in the documentation.


Yep, you’ll find the Insert and Update property on a few AR attributes..

I had to do a little testing to make sure I understood the documentation.

Having both Update and Insert set to false indicates that the property will be readonly to your database access (with a public setter this could get confusing.)

Property(Insert=false, Update=false)
public virtual string Name { get; set; }

Having update set to true and insert to false indicates that setting this property and then inserting the element will not set that value in the database.

public virtual DateTime Created { get; set; }

As for usage scenarios, you’re on your own.


From the documentation – Set to false to ignore this association when inserting entities of this ActiveRecord class.

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