New book: “Programming Entity Framework”

Developers spend far too much time worrying about their backend database, its tables and their relationships, the names and parameters of stored procedures and views, as well as the schema of the data that they return. But for .NET developers, this has changed. “Microsoft’s new Entity Framework changes the game for NET developers so that we no longer have to be concerned with the details of the data store as we write our applications,” says Julia Lerman. “We can focus on the task of writing our applications, rather than accessing the data.”

Lerman, the leading independent authority on the Framework, is the author of Programming Entity Framework, a thorough introduction to Microsoft’s new core framework for modeling and interacting with data in .NET applications.

Her book not only gives experienced developers a hands-on tour of the Entity Framework and explains its use in a variety of applications, it also provides a deep understanding of its architecture and APIs. From the Entity Data Model (EDM) and Object Services to EntityClient and the Metadata Workspace, Programming Entity Framework covers it all. The book includes scores of examples written in both Visual Basic and C#.

Programming Entity Framework will help you:

  • Understand the core concepts you need to make the best use of the Entity Framework (EF) in your applications
  • Learn to query your data, using either LINQ to Entities or Entity SQL
  • Create Windows Forms, WPF, and ASP.NET applications
  • Build ASMX web services and WCF services
  • Use Object Services to work directly with your entity objects
  • Delve into model customization, relationship management, change tracking, data concurrency, and more.

Presented in a clear narrative style that reflects the hundreds of hours the author has spent consulting, teaching, and writing about this new data access technology and testing its myriad features, Programming Entity Framework helps .NET developers master the technology and put it to work.

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