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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847195229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847195227
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,445,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Joydip Kanjilal is a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET. He has over 12 years of industry experience in IT with more than 6 years in Microsoft .NET and its related technologies. He has authored a lot of articles for some of the most reputable sites like, www.asptoday.com, www.devx.com, www.aspalliance.com, www.aspnetpro.com, www.sql-server-performance.com, www.sswug.com, etc. A lot of these articles have been selected at www.asp.net - Microsoft’s Official Site on ASP.NET. Joydip was also a community credit winner at www.community-credit.com a number of times. He is currently working as a Senior Consultant in a reputable company in Hyderabad, INDIA. He has years of experience in designing and architecting solutions for various domains. His technical strengths include, C, C++, VC++, Java, C#, Microsoft .NET, Ajax, Design Patterns, SQL Server, Operating Systems and Computer Architecture. Joydip blogs at http://aspadvice.com/blogs/joydip and spends most of his time reading books, blogs and writing books and articles. His hobbies include watching cricket and soccer and playing chess.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Ellis on 15 Mar. 2010
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This is a lazy book. There are large segments of irrelevant code that fill page space, typos are widespread and more importantly non-obvious detail points are presented in bullet form with no explanation. It isn't a tutorial, nor is it a good introduction to EF.
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This book is an excellent example of a beginners guide on how to set up and use Entity Framework. Entity Framework is the current preferred ORM when working in the DOT NET Framework in software design. It is free with Visual Studio 2010 and can be downloaded free for previous versions.
It also explains the basics of LINQ which, whilst not being strictly Entity Framework, greatly enhances the experience. It uses a practical example of a Payroll application which if worked through will give anyone a great start.
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This book is absolutely awful. It doesn't have that many pages anyway but most of them are just irrelevant csdl or ssdl xml that the author seems to have pasted in to pad this garbage out. What content it does provide is what you would expect to find out yourself after messing around the Entity Framework for a couple of hours.

Absolute rubbish. This is no a tutorial, it has poor information about the EF.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KS Beale on 9 July 2009
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Not being a professional programmer, I purchased this book expecting to learn something of the Entity Framework. As a tutorial, I found the book difficult to read and to understand. Further, the sample code fragments did not help as they were all in C#. The book did not educate me in any. Not a very good introduction or tutorial, definately not for non-professional programmers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Released too early 27 Jan. 2009
By William J. Kerr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is loaded with inconsistencies, typos, and poor database design. Thats just to begin with - the author puts in alot of XML stuff (CSDL Schema, MSL Schema, SSDL Schema) as filler. It reminds me of my college days when we needed 20 more pages for a paper and we loaded it down with anything. Lets start with Chapter 1: page 30 displays the SQL Script to create the database - page 31 shows a database diagram. Just with those 2 pages (1) The script for the primary key for EmployeeID says its an INT .. all foreign keys in other tables for EmployeeID are using BIGINT .. the script will not run correctly! (2) The database diagram displays columns that are not in the script - where did they come from?!?!

Each chapter afterwards has its own problems, but this is a tutorial ... and the examples NEED to work!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Database a disaster 11 Jun. 2009
By A. DiMauro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree with what others have said. The database download DOES NOT WORK. It contains no data, it is badly designed, and contains NO foreign key relationships at all. So, when you generate the Entity model, there are absolutely NO relationships between the generated classes. It makes it impossible to follow along.

I cannot believe that the single most important component of the whole book, the component that virtually every example relies upon, is unusable. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Don't buy this book. 31 May 2009
By J. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As others have noted in their reviews - the code samples don't work and the book contains many code snippets that are either incomplete or just plain wrong. I was excited to get started with this, but have spent more time correcting the errors than I have learning EFM.

This book is an excercise in frustration. Save yourself the trouble, and buy something else.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Liked The Book But Disappointed With Sample Code 27 Feb. 2009
By ET - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was initially excited with this book as things seemed to be clearly explained in simple terms. Being a novice with with the Entity Framework, I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the material at this point. The big disappointment came when I downloaded the sample code and database which contained no data or entity relationships as illustrated in the book. I could not get the sample code to work. I wrote the publisher about this who alledgedly passed my concerns on to the author, but to date (about a month) I have received no reply.
Curious About Book After Reading Reviews 26 Mar. 2013
By David W. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a shame but this little book had great potential though it is a little dated now. The author does a good job explaining Microsoft's Entity Framework. The other reviewers are correct in that the sql scripts used to set up the "Payroll" database leave several things out: foreign keys, identity specification for most tables, sample data, and, as one reviewer pointed out, you don't normally set up IDs with "bigint" but use "int" instead. However, it is easy to correct all of that: use the database diagrammer to set up the foreign keys and the screenshot on page 47, which illustrates the foreign key relationships. The identity specifications are easy to set up also; just go into design mode for each of the tables in SQL Server Management Studio and set the specifications to "yes". Note: In SQL Server Management Studio you may have to go into tools/options/designers/table and database designers and uncheck the "prevent saving changes that require table re-creation" in order to save any design changes you make to tables. I recommend changing all of the ID fields in the tables to "int" also. Ironically, the stored procedures set up through the author's sql script use "int" for the IDs in the tables. Don't forget to add data to the tables, starting with the "independent" tables first; in other words, leave the Employees table to last as it is involved in several relationships with the other tables. Making all of these changes should get you to setting up the Entity Data Source for Chapter 2. Three things to note for this: 1. You're using the Employees table for the data source; 2. Re-create the entity data model from the "Payroll" database (by the way the database is called "Payroll") by going through the steps in the book. 3. You have to rebuild the solution with the new entity data model to get it "to take" and be usable in the Entity Data Source.
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