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  • Paperback: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (1 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430257881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430257882
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zeeshan Hirani actively uses Entity framework in the development of an e-commerce web site for a top-300 ecommerce retailer. He has written several articles and maintains and active and influential Entity framework blog at http://weblogs.asp.net/zeeshanhirani.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry Minute on 26 April 2014
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It is a very long time since I have seen so many errors in a programming publication. The last time I saw so many was back in the 1980s copy listings from fledgling Computer Magazines.

I have not yet managed to complete Chapter 2 (the first with code examples) since so many of them are erroneous. It wouldn't be quite so bad if just the printed code was wrong but the code download, from the Apress site, is wrong too.

At least trying to get them to work as described in the text leads to a process of discovery about EF6, although there is one that I still cannot get to function as intended.

There are many better books on Entity Framework, avoid this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Redman on 9 Jan. 2014
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I purchased the book to refresh my knowledge on Entity Framework, as we are upgrading our system to EF6. The book is very readable from cover to cover and although its is very example based, the format of the book provides the example (recipe) and then explains the example, so no computer is required.

The book is more focused on the Code-First approach to developing applications with Entity Framework, however there are some examples using Model First. We use the Model-First approach, however there was still value in reading it and I recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more.
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Second edition, same great book! 27 Nov. 2013
By Jason Enochs - Published on Amazon.com
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I've owned the previous version of this book, "Entity Framework 4 Recipes", for a couple years so this purchase was to keep up-to-date on the latest EF features. The first rating of this book (1 star) was simply random gibberish so don't be thrown off. My copy arrived in good condition and I have no problem with the print quality. Figures, tables, and other references are readable. The new edition is printed on slightly smaller pages but it looks to me like the same amount of print with less white space (smaller margins).

I have read recent reviews of other books published by Apress that complain about the new cover design being faded (washed out). This is my 2nd book with this new cover design and neither are faded.

This book simply updates the previous edition with the new Entity Framework 6 features. Also, chapter four now focuses more specifically on MVC. If you haven't started using MVC yet (shame on you!), then you may want to keep the previous version along side this one. After you take into account the updated features that were added, the rewrite of chapter 4, and omission of chapter 15 (Advanced Modeling), you still have a book that inherited the majority of its content from the previous version. For me, that's exactly what I was looking for. Disclaimer: I have only read the first edition and the first two chapters of this updated edition (it just arrived in the mail). I thumbed through the remaining chapters & did a side-by-side comparison.

When I purchased the first edition, I was nervous because I was new to EF programming and afraid that a recipe style book wouldn't provide the basics needed to get up-to-speed. While this style usually targets more experienced programmers, the authors of this book provide enough basic information up front to ensure most anyone can follow along. That basic information has not changed much in this updated edition.

If you want to see an accurate rating of this book based on more than one or two reviews, check out the previous edition (Entity Framework 4 Recipes). I have them both in front of me and feel that they are similar enough for someone to roughly gauge the new edition based on the reviews of the previous edition. Same authors...same basic content and chapter layout... more MVC specifics... updated features and capabilities based on EF 6. What else could you ask for?

[UPDATE] It's been a 1.5 years since I wrote this review. After reading the more recent reviews I will agree that this book is not the best for beginners. I stated that I learned EF from the previous edition of this book but I also have a CS degree and I'm an experienced Software Developer.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Too many holes 11 Feb. 2014
By Di Herbert Feichtinger - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good idea and organisation. Clever structure of SQL database. However:
Lots of sourcecode errors and missing items.
Not suited for EF beginners or students/devs coming from non-MSFT platform.
Requires SQL Server Mgmt Studio knowledge and additional Lerman books.
I like to recode samples from books, this is significantly delayed by omitted information.
Errata page seems to be out of order and gaptcha sound output not useful for non-english mother tongue readers.
I'll keep the book on my shelf, yet need something else to learn EF6 step-by-step.

In General: the maturity of .NET created a chicken-egg problem in the book market. EF - SQL Server- ASP.NET MVC - WCF - ... everything depends on each other and changes yearly.
And book authors simply assume that you know every other item.
My feeling is that there are no more serious books for beginners (= students, = next-gen devs) coming to market. The kind of step-by-step books Wrox published years ago.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Lots of code errors 31 Jan. 2014
By Colby Giles - Published on Amazon.com
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The descriptions in the book are good, and sufficiently detailed to understand what is going on. My problems stem from the fact the the code examples in the book more often than not do not work as advertised. I have come across numerous issues where I had to modify the code examples to get the output the authors claim to get with the faulty code. This indicates that the code examples that they used were not tested or reviewed. This does not inspire confidence. Especially when what I am trying to learn is code dependent in a lot of cases.

I would recommend looking elsewhere for help with the Entity Framework.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The examples don't work 27 April 2014
By Joe Cool - Published on Amazon.com
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So much for a book whose title has the word Recipes in it, you cannot follow along, the examples just don't work, it shows that this is intended for people that already know EF and are just looking for snippets
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This recipe book half baked 21 Dec. 2014
By Susan M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like everyone else has said. The examples don't work, at least Recipe 1 in Chapter 4 doesn't which is the one I needed. So I downloaded the books source code from Apress.com. Well, the zip file doesn't extract properly either. Error: The system cannot find the path specified for some files in Chapter 9. Just great. A waste of money.
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