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Entity Framework 4.0 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Expert's Voice in .NET) Paperback – May 5, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1430227038 ISBN-10: 1430227036 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (May 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430227036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430227038
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Larry Tenny has more than 20 years experience developing applications using a broad range of development tools primarily targeting the Microsoft platform. He has extensive .NET development experience. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from Indiana University.

Zeeshan Hirani actively uses Entity framework in the development of an e-commerce web site for a top-300 ecommerce retailer. He has written several articles and maintains and active and influential Entity framework blog at http://weblogs.asp.net/zeeshanhirani.

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It is very readable and well organized.
H. Zhang
I've read this book in both a front-to-back approach and also just jumped forward when I had an immediate challenge that I needed answers for.
ROBERT
It has extensive recipes which you can follow to solve Entity Framework problems.
Bob Clausen

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Phil Boyd on January 21, 2011
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The Kindle version is so incomplete as to be completely worthless. Almost none of the images or example code that is referenced made it into the Kindle version from the print version.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By H. Zhang on August 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have learned a lot from this book and used some methods in the book for my application, so I am a grateful reader. Since this book has been praised by so many reviews, I thought it would be most useful for me to state the strengths of this book quickly then follow it with my reservations that prevented me from giving 5 stars to it.

It is very readable and well organized. It is more than a collection of recipes because the first few chapters could give a beginner a good start on EF. Some people may think it has a lot of redundancy by providing a complete list of the code for each recipe, I personally like the completeness (I have the eBook version so the thickness does not bother me at all).

Here are my reservations:

1. There are three methods to query a conceptual model in EF - LINQ to Entities, Entity SQL, Query builder methods. This could be confusing to novice readers. The book mixes all of them and it may be the best approach to mix them to achieve the most elegant code, but I wish the author could share the rationale of each mixture which can be very educational.

2. Each recipe is a method to solve a problem with a specific approach but it may not be the best overall method. I wish the book could clearly point out this. A typical example is recipe 4-3 which is a method for assigning a value to a property with code during data saving. This is a very common scenario for data entry applications (e.g. setting the user ID value which is not entered by the user for each record) and it is usually achieved by a single line of code in an event handler of a control.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By david on January 5, 2014
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i have bought the paperback and the kindle(to get a head start).
the Kindle version is absolutely worthless and Amazon should return my money. there is so much necessary data on how to get from model creation to how to address the model in code that is missing that you cant use it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy McLain on January 30, 2013
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This book doesn't address "code first" modeling at all. Don't buy it if that is how you are planning on doing modeling. The recipes are good if you are doing your modeling in SQL or are starting with an existing SQL database.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Warren A. Edwards on July 4, 2010
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This book is handy because it shows you how to work around limitations in the designer (there are many) to achieve what is desired. Trust me, there are many normal things you want to do with a relational schema that the designer cannot handle (such as link tables). The authors give straightforwards instructions how to get around the designer limitations without having to hand edit the edmx file after each modification (something I've had to do quite a bit).

I do share the criticism one other reader raised - that the common steps are repeated add nauseum, but in some ways I guess that is like any recipe book, so I suppose you could argue that's the way it should be done.

Until the updated Lerman book comes out(and perhaps beyond - it's hard to know), this book will be very useful to anyone diving into EF 4.0 development and will save you a lot of frustration.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rob Vettor on June 26, 2010
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Have been using Entity Framework for almost 2 years (starting back in the beta days!).

Straight-forward in the beginning, Entity Framework can become complex quickly, as you begin implementing complicated business rules and processing operations.

Here, "Entity Framework 4.0 Recipes" is a life-safer as it provides you concise, easy-to-follow, step-by-step examples on resolving the wide variety of questions you could encounter.

Cleverly, the authors (Tenny and Hirani), invested considerable time monitoring the Entity Framework forums, identifying recurring questions and delivering thier problem-solving approach.

Bottom line: This book is "must-have" as it will save you hours of time and frustration researching solutions to the various questions you may encoutner when using Entity Framework. Do not start your project without it!

Couple this book with "Programming Entity Framework", by Julia Lerman, and you will have all the ammunition you need to successfully work Entity Framework.

If you have more questions, feel free to email me at robvettor@hotmail.com

- rob
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Viktar Karpach on July 29, 2010
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This is excellent book with a lot real life examples. Usually developers think in terms of database. Table maps to an object, LINQ to SQL kind of approach.

However EF4.0 gives you ability to map your objects to part of the table or to multiple tables. It shows you how inheritance can be represented in database.

Even if you not going to use EF in your working environment, still this book gives you a lot of ideas and best practices to think of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Clausen on June 26, 2010
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This book gives great examples to follow and solve problems when using Entity Framework. It has extensive recipes which you can follow to solve Entity Framework problems. The recipes cover most of the areas one needs in order to use Entity Framework. The recipes show examples using both Linq and esql and when necesary builder methods that can be used on the model.
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