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.NET Standard 2.0+

How to: Make a Class or Property Non-Persistent

If you don’t want to store a property or a field that is persistent by default, you can explicitly mark it as non-persistent with the NonPersistentAttribute as shown in the following code example.

    public string NonPersistentField;

You can also make the entire class non-persistent. One common example is when you want to have your own base class (say, MyBusinessObject) for all persistent objects. By default, XPO will create a table MyBusinessObject where it will store a record for every business object in the system. To avoid this, mark MyBusinessObject as non-persistent as shown in the following code snippet.

public class MyBusinessObject: XPObject {

public class Contact : MyBusinessObject {


XPO cannot restore non-persistent class references even if the actual object instance referenced is persistent. In the example above, XPO will not be able to restore reference to MyBusinessObject.

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