I have just stepped into the Domain Driven Design paradigm but I have one question:

How is an MVVM Model different from a DDD Entity? What are the differences between these two?

  • @RobertHarvey, do you mean both Model and Entity should be handled separately? The reason why i put up this question, I am using my entities as Model currently. Both are same. – Furqan Safdar Aug 16 '16 at 21:07
  • See my answer below. – Robert Harvey Aug 16 '16 at 21:08

Model–view–viewmodel (MVVM) is a software architectural pattern that separates the development of the graphical user interface from the development of the business logic or back-end logic.

A DDD Entity is something that has identity and type in a business context. For example, airline seats are entities; the airline treats them all the same way (subject to first-class, etc.) However, each seat is an instance with its own identity.

If you were to combine MVVM with Domain-Driven Design, the DDD Entities would become part of the MVVM's Model (but not the ViewModel). For example:

namespace Model
    public class AirlineSeat
        // implementation of DDD Entity

    public class FrequentFlyer: Flyer, Person
        // Another DDD Entity

Further Reading
Domain-Driven Design: Building Blocks

  • "If you were to combine MVVM with Domain-Driven Design, the DDD Entities would become part of the MVVM's Model." Can you please explain it further with example. – Furqan Safdar Aug 16 '16 at 21:11
  • Added an example. – Robert Harvey Aug 16 '16 at 21:13
  • Is AirlineSeat is acting as an Entity and Model at the same time? My confusion is whether they are two different things or one thing with two different names? – Furqan Safdar Aug 16 '16 at 21:14
  • AirlineSeat is part of the model. Think of it this way: none of your DDD stuff is going to go into the View or Controller of MVVM, unless you're referring to it from the model, where it originates. – Robert Harvey Aug 16 '16 at 21:14
  • So you mean Model is the place where you can expose your DDD Entity? However both are two separate things, correct? – Furqan Safdar Aug 16 '16 at 21:18

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