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Programming Entity Framework: Code First Kindle Edition

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"It's a great cover-to-cover read, and I can easily see topics I'll bookmark and come back to when I hit certain scenarios. If you're planning on using EF Code First, make getting this book a priority." - John Papa, Visual Studio Magazine

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Creating and Configuring Data Models from Your Classes

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  • File Size: 1510 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449312942
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006C3CXTA
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James Skemp VINE VOICE on January 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
While I had heard of Julie Lerman and her book Programming Entity Framework, after the release of code first I was on the fence on just how much I would get out of the existing book. With the release of Programming Entity Framework: Code First I knew I'd learn something, so I picked up an electronic copy (PDF) and started digging in.

First, I should mention that I initially started working with Entity Framework via existing databases. I tried the pre-4 version, but ultimately tried to stay away until EF4 was released. I liked the Visual Studio interface to work with a database via EF, and created one site, still in production, that uses it, but I like being closer to the metal.

With the release of EF Code First I started digging in immediately, using it to create functionality on one site already in production, and most recently started working on another site, for eventual release into production. However, on this latter site I was working with more advanced models and kept running into weird EF issues.

After a few chapters in Programming Entity Framework: Code First I had determined what my issue was, and how to fix it, which alone is worth the price. In addition, while I understood data annotations, I now have a pretty firm grasp on what I can do via the Fluent API, and how I can better control what EF does when it creates the database to store my model.

The size of the book may initially throw you off, but I honestly believe that this book contains as much material as a book almost twice the size. In addition, while I came into the book having already worked with Entity Framework, and code first, I believe this book can easily be picked up by someone new to both technologies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Caton on March 28, 2012
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Just a quick note to point out this book has no index. It is however comparatively short and very well structured and hence its within reason to read it end-to-end. Until you have made it to the end however, the lack of an index makes it hard to just get on and code.
5 Stars none-the-less - its by Julia Lerman so would expect no less.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Björn on May 24, 2012
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I was initially quite skeptical about the content quality of this book, due to poor experience with programming EF 2ed;
However, this one is surprisingly well organized & well written, with extremely lucid explannations of key concepts using good examples. Well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TJ on June 11, 2013
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I had previously tried to learn code first by using online examples and code that I had managed to collect. I did ok, but I had several questions. This book reminded me of why I should not learn from the web. It gives you the correct way to design your database using both Fluent API and and Annotations. From the start I was able to create each example as the book detailed. The only place that I had any trouble was with one to one relationships, and the book even stated that there would be some hangups with this. All these relationships took were a little bit of practice and I was well on my way to creating my own database using Code First. I have struggled with Code First for a while and it only took me a few weeks to get through this book and I feel like I am at the top of my game now. I would recommend this to anyone using C# development.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. R. Lucas on November 30, 2011
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This book and the 2nd Edition of Programming Entity Framework by this author gave me all the foundation I needed to begin using EF in a very smart and efficient manner in real production projects. Code First taught me how to keep my POCO classes completely free of data annotations and use the powerful fluent API to configure all the mappings and attributes needed to match my classes to the database table by using configuration classes in code. This is the central reason I chose to use Code First.

The foundation provided in the previous book made learning Code First easy. I learned what choice to make from the possibilities and what the benefit and compromise of that choice were.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugo on May 24, 2013
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Again, if you want to know about EF this is a must read. Simple, but useful practice examples, all about a very exciting technology from M S
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HunterThompson on February 5, 2013
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Very didactic and well explained. A good point is that the author does not forget about VB, giving good examples in both languages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oleg Kalenbet on October 17, 2012
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Great overview for Code First, but to get whole picture of Entity framework you need to get to the main book "Programming Entity Framework: Building Data Centric Apps with the ADO.NET Entity Framework". Actually would be 5 stars if included unit-testing approaches.
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