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Getting to know the Entity Framework

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November 7, 2009 7:45 AM

Loyola University Maryland Graduate Center, Columbia, MD

Loyola University Maryland Graduate Center, Columbia, MD

There are quite a few choices when it comes to how to do data access for your .Net application. With .Net 3.5, Microsoft introduced Linq2Sql which is a powerful ORM solution leveraging Linq technology. The Entity Framework was released with .Net 3.5 SP1 and took the concepts of Linq2Sql to a new level. The Entity Framework brought additional features over Linq2Sql as well as laying a new foundation for the future of data access in .Net. In this session we will at a brief history of ORM and then go through a walkthrough of the Entity Framework and flesh out the data access layer of a simple application. We will look at similarities of Linq2Sql and the Entity Framework as well as some common “gotchas” associated with EF. We will also take a lap through the new exciting features coming in Entity Framework 4.

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