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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (March 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849684464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849684460
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,338,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the other hand individual samples in this book do build on one another therefore it's a good idea to first read the book from beginning to end.
Damir Arh
I recently read through a new book covering the Entity Framework version 4.1 called Entity Framework 4.1: Expert's Cookbook by Tim Rayburn and Devlin Liles.
Christopher Woodruff
In summary - while there are situations where you may want to cut and paste code snippets for your project, it's not the book where you will learn much.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Yeager on July 23, 2012
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I enjoyed the book up to a point, then like most things driven by TDD, tests in and of themselves took center stage and Entity Framework started to take a back seat. Some of the tests were downright stupid. Most consumed pages and pages of the book only to demostrate a bit of Entity Framework that could have been handled in a paragraph. The author's knowledge of EF is extensive and impressive. It's a shame that this knowledge wasn't presented in a better way. As I got farther and farther through the book I found myself flipping through pages, blah, blah blah, aha - here's the 6 lines of code that matter, blah, blah, blah... The good stuff is in there, so I'll keep the book around for reference, but I'd never consider reading it again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Olivier Hergault on March 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I try to avoid awarding only one star to any book I read. But with "Entity Framework 4.1: Expert's Cookbook" I had to.

First you'd better read carefully the subtitle : the authors love TDD and apply it on all samples.
Well, why not ? Because the code is then very long and doesn't bring much to the reader.
Be aware that the book contains a lot of lengthy code and that no line is emphasized: the preface indicate that some lines can be bold whenever the authors want to draw the attention of the reader.
Well they didn't bother. You'll have a lot of dull code that looks like copy/paste.
The book is not well edited either. Already on page 13 you'll find some duplicate from the page before. (I confess I did not read the book to the end to see if they are others)
Every single recipe starts with some line on how to get Entity Framework from NuGet ... ! Such a waste of space ?

I my opinion, the recipes are not very useful either. The explanations are scarce. The authors do not even explain why some recipe is needed, they probably think the title is enough (it is not!)

Did I mention that you cannot download the code and the database on which all recipes are based ?
I wrote to the editor about that and got not answer.

Last but not least, this book is quite expensive.

I see really no reason to read (let alone buy) this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The book is in the format of "cookbook", with about 50 independent "recipes". Because of this approach, each recipe comes with its own code solution. Not good, not bad - but it makes downloadable sample code to be 500MB in size. For some reason, it can only be unzipped on Linux - on Windows it looks corrupted.

The book covers advanced topics and assumes fairly high level of .NET knowledge. That makes reading standard structure of each recipe quite annoying. It typically consists of 5 parts:
1. Getting ready. "Cut and paste" text that we will be using Nuget, Entity Framework 4.1, and a link to Nuget. Could be pulled into Preface without any loss of information
2. How to do it. This is usually 80-90 per cent of information. More on that below
3. How it works. Description of "How to do it".
4. There is more
5. See also.
"There is more" are a few thoughts on what else can be done that was not covered, and "see also" are links to other recipes that might be helpful if you are confronted with the problem being discussed.

So, the main part is "How to do it". And this is where I have biggest reservations.

First, it is not always clear what is "it" that the author is going to describe. At this point, author has only revealed the title of the recipe (e.g., Handling complex key maps or Retrieving entities with stored procedures). Different people may mean different things with these titles.

Second, this part is essentially a list of mechanical instructions to change different files in starter solution. There is no explanation why would you do certain things. I am sure, experienced reader has her own thoughts how, say, "repository pattern" should be implemented. I would like to hear why the author chose particular solution.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zain Naboulsi Jr. on April 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I just finished reading this book and it is full of great information on EF 4.1 usage. I was particularly impressed with the sections on validation and parallel processing. A definite must have for anyone doing data access coding. Well written with clear solutions and examples that make learning the technology easy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Pagels on June 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been working with Visual Studio for over a decade and created a website, TeamSystemCafe.net, with MVC 3 and EF 4.1 to learn the tool. After going through this book, it's amazing on how much more I learned on EF. It was exciting and fun to learn beyond the basics on modeling scenarios, validation, and performance improvements that I plan to incorporate into v3 of TSC. This booked is well organized and helped me understand Entity Framework better and start using immediately. I especially like the "how it works..." section after all the code examples. Nicely Done!
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