Entity Framework: Code First

Entity Framework: Code First

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A few days ago we had our second user group meeting for 2016 at Cyprus .NET User Group and it was all about data access.

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:

In order to install Entity Framework, right after you start a new project in Visual Studio, you can add it either via the GUI of NuGet Manager or via Package Manager Console with the command: Install-Package EntityFramework.

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.

For more information you can visit the below resources:

Reference: The SQL Server and .NET Hub (http://www.sqlnethub.com)

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Artemakis Artemiou
Artemakis Artemiou is a Senior SQL Server Architect, Author, Software Developer and a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry in various roles. Among other, via his initiative SQLEBooks.com, Artemakis authors and publishes eBooks on different topics on SQL Server. Artemakis currently serves as the President of the Cyprus .NET User Group (CDNUG) and the International .NET Association Country Leader for Cyprus (INETA). Additionally he is the founder of the SQLArtBits initiative that aims to provide the technical community with simple, yet powerful and high-quality SQL Server tools. Currently, the highlights of these tools are DBA Security Advisor and In-Memory OLTP Simulator. Artemakis's official website can be found at aartemiou.com. Artemakis's blogs can be found at: SQLNetHub.com and TechHowTos.com.