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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

Working with WCF Data Services and Entity Framework

In this section, we will discuss how we can create a WCF Data Service using Entity Framework and the AdventureWorks database. To add a WCF Data Service application to an existing web application, follow these steps:

  1. Create an ASP.NET application:

  2. Create a new Entity Data Model and name it AdventureWorks:

  3. Select Code First from database:

  4. In the Entity Data Model Wizard dialog, specify the data connection properties and click Next:

  5. Next, choose the database objects you want to be part of the Entity Data Model:

  6. Now, right-click on the project in the solution explorer window and select Add New Item.

  7. Select WCF Data Service from the list of the templates displayed, specify a name, and click OK.

And, you are done! At first glance, the WCF Data Service class looks like this:

using System.Data.Services;
using System.Data.Services.Common;
namespace WCFDataServices
    public class CurrencyDataService : DataService< /* TODO: put 
    your data source...