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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 Protobuf WCF Services

Protocol Buffers (Protobuf) is a serialization format developed by Google that is fast and easy to use. Frequently referred to as "Protobuf," the technology consists of a language- and platform-neutral, extensible, binary format for fast data exchange that relies on an interface description language, which is compiled to native code. In this section, we will explore Protobuf and how we can work with Protobuf and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), which is Microsoft's unified programming model for building service-oriented apps.

Protobuf-net is much faster than the other binary serializers available, and is much faster than BinaryFormatter when it comes to serialization, with a much reduced payload too.

To work with Protobuf, you need to have the following installed on your system:

  • Visual Studio 2013 or higher

  • Protocol Buffers for .NET (Protobuf-net)

You can freely download a copy of Protocol Buffers for .NET from