EF Core Temporary Query Getting Started

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Temporal tables

SQL Server 2016 introduced support for temporal tables, which is also known as system-versioned temporal tables as a database feature that provides built-in support for providing information about data stored in the table at any point in time rather than only the correct data at the current moment in time.

Temporal is a database feature that was introduced in ANSI SQL 2011.

system-versioned Temporal Table

A system-versioned temporal table is a type of user table designed to keep a full history of data changes to allow easy point-in-time analysis.

This type of temporal table is referred to as a system-versioned temporal table because the period of validity for each row is managed by the system (i.e. database engine).

Dabble.EntityFrameworkCore.Temporal.Query is a NuGet library for Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore that allows you to easily use Microsoft SQL Server Temporal Table querying.


You can easily install it from the Package Manager Console window by running the following command.

PM> Install-Package Dabble.EntityFrameworkCore.Temporal.Query

Environment Setup

To start using the Dabble.EntityFrameworkCore.Temporal.Query in your application, you will need to install the Dabble.EntityFrameworkCore.Temporal.Query NuGet package.

Let's open the Visual Studio and create a new project.


Select the Create a new project option.


Choose C# as language, Windows as a platform, and Console as the project type. In the template pane, select Console Application and click the Next button.


Enter the project name, you can change the location and solution name, but we will leave it and click on the Next button.


On the Additional Information dialog, select the target framework and then click on the Create button.


You can see a new console application project is created. Now to install a Dabble.EntityFrameworkCore.Temporal.Query, right-click on the project in Solution Explorer, and select Manage NuGet Packages...


Select the Browse tab and search for Dabble.EntityFrameworkCore.Temporal.Query and install the latest version by pressing the Install button.


Once Dabble.EntityFrameworkCore.Temporal.Query has been successfully installed, you will see that Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer is also installed. You are now ready to start your application.

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