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WCF 4.0 Multi-tier Services Development with LINQ to Entities

By : Mike Liu
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WCF 4.0 Multi-tier Services Development with LINQ to Entities

By: Mike Liu

Overview of this book

WCF is the Microsoft model for building services, whereas LINQ to Entities is the Microsoft ORM for accessing underlying data storage. Want to learn both? You would normally have to dig through huge reference tomes—so wouldn't you agree that a simple-to-follow practical tutorial on WCF and LINQ to Entities is the way to get ahead?This book is the quickest and easiest way to learn WCF and LINQ to Entities in Visual Studio 2010. WCF and LINQ to Entities are both powerful yet complex technologies from Microsoft—but you will be surprised at how easily this book will get you get up and running with them.Mastery of these two topics will quickly enable you to create Service-Oriented applications, and allow you to take your first steps into the world of Service Oriented Architecture without becoming overwhelmed.Through this book, you will learn what's going on behind the scenes with WCF, and dive into the basic yet most useful techniques for LINQ to Entities. You will develop three real-world multi-tiered WCF services from beginning to end, with LINQ to Entities being used in the data access layer of the services. Various clients including windows console applications, the WCF Test Client, Windows Form applications and WPF applications will be created to test these WCF services. By the end of this book, you will be 100% confident that you know WCF and LINQ to Entities, not only in theory, but with sound real-world experience.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
WCF 4.0 Multi-tier Services Development with LINQ to Entities
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In this chapter, we have learned what an ORM is, why we need an ORM, and what LINQ to Entities is. We also compared LINQ to SQL with LINQ to Entities and explored some basic features of LINQ to Entities.

The key points covered in this chapter include:

  • An ORM product can greatly ease data access layer development

  • LINQ to Entities is one of Microsoft's ORM products that uses LINQ against a .NET Conceptual Entity Model

  • The built-in LINQ to Entities designer in Visual Studio 2010 can be used to model the Conceptual Entity Model

  • You can generate the Conceptual Entity Model from a physical database in the Visual Studio 2010 Entity Model designer

  • The class, System.Data.Objects.ObjectContext, is the main class for LINQ to Entities applications

  • LINQ methods that return a sequence defer the query execution and you can check the timing of the execution of a query with Profiler

  • LINQ query expressions that return a singleton value will be executed as soon as they are defined

  • By default the loading of...