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Programming Entity Framework [Paperback]

Julia Lerman
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29 Aug 2010 0596807260 978-0596807269 2

Get a thorough introduction to ADO.NET Entity Framework 4 -- Microsoft's core framework for modeling and interacting with data in .NET applications. The second edition of this acclaimed guide provides a hands-on tour of the framework latest version in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. Not only will you learn how to use EF4 in a variety of applications, you'll also gain a deep understanding of its architecture and APIs.

Written by Julia Lerman, the leading independent authority on the framework, Programming Entity Framework covers it all -- from the Entity Data Model and Object Services to WCF Services, MVC Apps, and unit testing. This book highlights important changes for experienced developers familiar with the earlier version.

  • Understand the core concepts you need to make the best use of the EF4 in your applications
  • Learn to query your data, using either LINQ to Entities or Entity SQL
  • Create Windows Forms, WPF, ASP.NET Web Forms, and ASP.NET MVC applications
  • Build and consume WCF Services, WCF Data Services, and WCF RIA Services
  • Use Object Services to work directly with your entity objects
  • Create persistent ignorant entities, repositories, and write unit tests
  • Delve into model customization, relationship management, change tracking, data concurrency, and more
  • Get scores of reusable examples -- written in C# (with notes on Visual Basic syntax) -- that you can implement right away

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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: 23.4 x 17.8 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,420 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 and follow her on Twitter at julielerman.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Assumes the reader has little .NET experience 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Skimmed through in a day. 25 Jun 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 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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