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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

Exposing data as a service using WCF Data Services

You have two options to expose data as a service using WCF Data Services:

  • Use a relational database as the data source

  • Use a data source other than a relational database

If you are using a relational database as the data source, you can use LINQ to SQL or Entity Framework to expose the data. On the other hand, you can use collections of objects as a data source too. In either case, you need to create a WCF Data Service using the designer. In the next section, we will discuss how we can create an ADO.NET Data Service.