I was the speaker at the event and I presented Entity Framework and more specifically the "Code First" development approach.
Entity Framework is an Object/Relational Mapping (ORM) Framework that treats data as Domain-Specific Objects. Entity Framework supports a variety of DBMSs.
The purpose of Entity framework is to simplify the data-access required when developing database applications.
In order to work with Entity Framework you need:
- .NET Framework 4.5 (or later)
- Visual Studio 2012 (or later)
- MS SQL Server 2008 Local/Express (or higher/later)
|Figure 1: NuGet Package Manager.|
|Figure 2: Package Manager Console - Syntax for Installing Entity Framework.|
Code First was first introduced in Entity Framework 4.1 and it follows the Domain Driven Design (DDD) paradigm. It is one of the three available development approaches in Entity Framework. The main idea is to create Domain Classes based on which the database can be created in the background.
In Entity Framework you can query data with any of the below methods:
- LINQ to Entities
- Method syntax
- Query syntax
- Entity SQL
- Native SQL
|Figure 3: Component Stack when Using Entity Framework. Source: MSDN.|
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