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.
What is Entity Framework?
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)
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.
What is Code First?
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
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Artemakis Artemiou is a Senior SQL Server Architect, Author, and a 9 Times Microsoft Data Platform MVP (2009-2018). He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry in various roles. Artemakis is the founder of SQLNetHub and TechHowTos.com. Artemakis is the creator of the well-known software tools Snippets Generator and DBA Security Advisor. Also, he is the author of many eBooks 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).