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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
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Debugging LINQ to Entities programs

In Visual Studio 2010, when debugging a LINQ to Entities program, we can use the traditional Watch or Autos windows to inspect a variable. For example, after the following line is executed, we can go to the Autos window to see the contents of the products variable:

var products = from p in NWEntities.Products
               where p.CategoryID == 1
               select p;

The Autos window should look like this:

We can also hover our mouse over the products variable, wait for the Quick Info pop-up window to appear, and then inspect it on the fly. The pop-up Quick Info window will appear as shown in the following image:

In either of the windows we can inspect the returned result of the variable, its properties, and even its children.


This inspection may trigger a real query to the database. For example, if you try to open Results View, the database will be queried to get all of the products that meet the search criteria. This may have some side effects if...