MVC :: Using EF4 Complex Types / Properties In Repositories?

Jan 13, 2011

Are there advantages in creating complex types in EF4 Entities and then use the complex properties in the repositories; instead of creating the aggregates in the the repository themselves? I.e. If the customer repository consists of properties of 3 entities: customers, addresses, email would it make sense to create a complex type consisting of the address and email properties, and add them as a complex property of the customer entity then just call the customer entity and the complex property in the repository, rather than just creating the repository class and aggregate the entities in the repository.What are there advantages or disadvantages in doing this in a MVC3 application?

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