I hate typing more lines of code then I need to; especially something as simple as mapping a domain model to a view model. Enter Automapper!
By performing a one-liner:
I can quickly map my domain models to my view models.
I was recently reviewing an old article on CodeProject: http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/61629/AutoMapper that contains a quick and easy demo. Inside this article, it discusses performance and it indicates that
Automapper is 7 times slower than manual mapping. This test was done on 100,000 records and I must say I was shocked.
My first thought is this requires more testing. Especially since 100,000 records is a lot. In most scenarios, I would estimate my largest mapping might be 1,000, but even 1 would probably be a very regular use-case. Let's put it to the test?
I've created a simple console application and put it on GitHub here:
This program does the following:
- Creates and populates a list of
- Times and automaps a
Customer object to a
- Times and manual maps a
Customer object to a
- Executes in a multiplication of 10, e.g. 1, 10, 100, 1000, 10000, and 100000
Here were the results I received:
AutoMapper with 1: 24
Manual Map with 1: 0
AutoMapper with 10: 0
Manual Map with 10: 0
AutoMapper with 100: 1
Manual Map with 100: 0
AutoMapper with 1000: 18
Manual Map with 1000: 0
AutoMapper with 10000: 112
Manual Map with 10000: 1
AutoMapper with 100000: 1070
Manual Map with 100000: 14
As you can see, my results are very similar to the original CodeProject article results. Here's the catch, when the results are 1,000 or less, the difference is negligible! This is what becomes important; sure, if I'm doing a loop of 100,000, it's over 1 second compared to a few milliseconds.
This is good to know. I can now make an intelligent decision of when to use Automapper versus when to write it manually!
While Automapper is indeed consistently slower, when the list is 1,000 items or less, I won't even notice the difference. If my list is in the 10,000+ there are clear slowdowns. As I stated in my introduction though, these are probably edge-cases that can be dealt with when the time comes but I think it's safe to assume that
Automapper in an 'average' project won't inhibit you too much and save you from writing lots of lines of code!