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  • Paperback: 920 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (29 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596807260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596807269
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building Data Centric Apps with the ADO.NET Entity Framework 4

About the Author

Julia Lerman is the leading independent authority on the Entity Framework and has been using and teaching the technology since its inception in 2006. She is well known in the .NET community as a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, and INETA Speaker. Julia is a frequent presenter at technical conferences around the world and writes articles for many well-known technical publications including the Data Points column in MSDN Magazine.

Julia lives in Vermont with her husband, Rich, and gigantic dog, Sampson, where she runs the Vermont.NET User Group. You can read her blog at www.thedatafarm.com/blog and follow her on Twitter at julielerman.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Puplett on 1 July 2012
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This is regarded as The book on EF, and it probably is. While the book covers EF in detail and certainly needs to be read to fully appreciate EF and speed-up development time, especially on greenfield projects, Julia does spend a lot of time explaining .NET concepts as if the reader is a beginner. That's great if you are, but it swells the page count considerably.

That said, its easy to flick over many pages and skim read, while still gleaning all the important EF detail you need. It's also an 'equal opportunities' book for VB.NET and C# devs alike, with all examples in each, but I'd rather the VB.NET was cut since its not that popular and the very short examples are easy to convert in you mind.

I've two more criticisms which apply not to Julia's work specifically but to programming books in general:

My first is about the frequent use of paragraphs inside a box as notes. In a book like this, its all noteworthy, so I can't see why some text must be in a box and not just another paragraph or two. Their prolific use dilutes the impact of any genuine stuff that might catch you out.

Secondly, code should be shaded as per the Visual Studio editor, albeit in greyscale. Reading black and white Notepad style code is much harder than when keywords, symbols and strings are different shades.
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If you're looking for a book that will ease you in to Entity Framework, and guide you through a few tutorials to teach you the basics, this probably isn't for you.

However, as a reference book it is excellent. If you're already involved with Entity Framework and looking to gain an understanding of various aspects, then this book will likely have a decent explanation waiting for you.
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If you want to know about Entity Framework then this is for you. Easy book to read with good explanatory examples.
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By W. G. Crawley on 28 April 2013
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I originally purchased the Manning Entity Framework 4 in action, which was a great first book. This book goes beyond that and takes you to the next level.
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