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Programming Entity Framework: Building Data Centric Apps with the ADO.NET Entity Frameworkby Julia Lerman
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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.
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Lerman, a well-known authority on Microsoft's Entity Framework, author, and speaker, provides a hands-on journey through the most current ADO.NET Entity Framework (EF4) version in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. This thoroughly revised second edition explains changes for developers who are familiar with the earlier version. Topics include the Entity Data Model, exploring LINQ to Entities in more depth, modifying entities and saving changes, implementing a more real-world model, data binding with Windows forms and WPF applications, customizing Entities, and building layered Web applications. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Entity Framework is now the focus of Microsoft's data access strategy. This work targets corporate developers who are using Visual Studio and Entity Framework to develop their own applications.
If you use Entity Framework in Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5, this is the book you want. Programming Entity Framework, 1st Edition offers experienced developers a thorough introduction to Microsofts core framework for modeling and interacting with data in .NET applications. This hands-on tour provides a deep understanding of Entity Frameworks architecture and APIs, and explains how to use the framework in a variety of applications built with Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5.
From the Entity Data Model (EDM) and Object Services to EntityClient and the Metadata Workspace, this highly acclaimed first edition covers it all.
One important note: while many of the lessons from this book will continue to be valuable as you move to .NET 4.0, the thoroughly revised second edition of Programming Entity Framework (August 2010) specifically targets Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0where there have been many advancements and additions to the framework.
Programming Entity Framework, 2e walks the reader through their first introduction to Entity Framework and the Entity Data Model, then builds on this knowledge bit by bit throughout the book as the gains a deep understanding of the technology while learning various application patterns for leveraging this framework.
Entity Framework is now the focus of Microsoft's data access strategy. This goes far beyond .NET developers and is being embedded into many of their new technologies e.g., SQL Server 2010, BizTalk, Oslo, Azure, Astoria etc. This book will not cover all of those technologies, but will target the corporate developer who is using Visual Studio and Entity Framework to develop their own applications.
The book is designed to give readers a thorough understanding of Entity Framework, from detailed foundations to various application patterns. It will cover: 1. Entity Data Model 2. Entity Framework APIs 3. Building Apps with Entity Framework 4. Using the new features in EF4 5. Using the new features in the Feature Pack
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.
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceAuthor Note for Third Printing, August 2011Chapter 1: Introducing the ADO.NET Entity FrameworkChapter 2: Exploring the Entity Data ModelChapter 3: Querying Entity Data ModelsChapter 4: Exploring LINQ to Entities in Greater DepthChapter 5: Exploring Entity SQL in Greater DepthChapter 6: Modifying Entities and Saving ChangesChapter 7: Using Stored Procedures with the EDMChapter 8: Implementing a More Real-World ModelChapter 9: Data Binding with Windows Forms and WPF ApplicationsChapter 10: Working with Object ServicesChapter 11: Customizing EntitiesChapter 12: Data Binding with RAD ASP.NET ApplicationsChapter 13: Creating and Using POCO EntitiesChapter 14: Customizing Entity Data Models Using the EDM DesignerChapter 15: Defining EDM Mappings That Are Not Supported by the DesignerChapter 16: Gaining Additional Stored Procedure and View Support in the Raw XMLChapter 17: Using EntityObjects in WCF ServicesChapter 18: Using POCOs and Self-Tracking Entities in WCF ServicesChapter 19: Working with Relationships and AssociationsChapter 20: Real World Apps: Connections, Transactions, Performance, and MoreChapter 21: Manipulating Entities with ObjectStateManager and MetadataWorkspaceChapter 22: Handling ExceptionsChapter 23: Planning for Concurrency ProblemsChapter 24: Building Persistent Ignorant, Testable ApplicationsChapter 25: Domain-Centric ModelingChapter 26: Using Entities in Layered Client-Side ApplicationsChapter 27: Building Layered Web ApplicationsEntity Framework Assemblies and NamespacesData-Binding with Complex TypesAdditional Details About Entity Data Model MetadataColophon
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