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Programming Entity Framework Paperback – 29 Aug 2010
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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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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.
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.
The book starts with excellent introductions to all the different ways to query and so on and doesn't assume a huge knowledge, although I think it helped that I understood LINQ and SQL already.
I bought this book electronically and have been reading it on my Kindle, I bought the paper edition originally and decided my back needed a break!
I am only about 60% of the way through the book but am very impressed with the detail and descriptions provided.
The downloads available for the book are easy to find via the books website as well as providing details about events by Julie. I am disappointed that I missed out on registration for DDD Modern .NET day at Reading, UK where Julie is talking as the event sold out so quickly.
I found that the number of diagrams to be fine, there are just enough to help explain and when using it on a Kindle they appear fine and readable.
As for the reviewer who is angry at purchasing the wrong edition, well that's not Amazons fault or Julies.
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