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Entity Framework Tutorial (Update) - Second Edition

By : Joydip Kanjilal
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Entity Framework Tutorial (Update) - Second Edition

By: Joydip Kanjilal

Overview of this book

The ADO.NET Entity Framework from Microsoft is a new ADO.NET development framework that provides a level of abstraction for data access strategies and solves the impedance mismatch issues that exist between different data models This book explores Microsoft’s Entity Framework and explains how it can used to build enterprise level applications. It will also teach you how you can work with RESTful Services and Google’s Protocol Buffers with Entity Framework and WCF. You will explore how to use Entity Framework with ASP.NET Web API and also how to consume the data exposed by Entity Framework from client applications of varying types, i.e., ASP.NET MVC, WPF and Silverlight. You will familiarize yourself with the new features and improvements introduced in Entity Framework including enhanced POCO support, template-based code generation, tooling consolidation and connection resiliency. By the end of the book, you will be able to successfully extend the new functionalities of Entity framework into your project.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Entity Framework Tutorial Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Implementing complex types in the EDM

A complex type can contain zero or more properties. To create a complex type, right-click on the design view mode of your EDM and create a new entity. Then, specify the properties you require. Here is how the complex type Address looks in the designer view:

And here is how the complex type Address is represented in the EDM:

<ComplexType Name="Address">
  <Property Name="Street" Type="String" />
  <Property Name="City" Type="String" />
  <Property Name="PinCode" Type="String" />
  <Property Name="Country" Type="String" />
  <Property Name="Phone" Type="String" />

An entity, such as Employee, can then refer to this complex type in our EDM as shown:

<EntityType Name="Employee">
            <PropertyRef Name="EmployeeID" />
          <Property Name="EmployeeID" Type="Int32" 
           Nullable="false" />
          <Property Name="FirstName...