Chapter 9. An alternative way of querying: Entity SQL

 

This chapter covers
  • Executing queries using Entity SQL
  • Executing queries using query-builder methods
  • Using the Entity Client data provider

 

In this chapter, we’ll cover one of the hidden gems of Entity Framework: Entity SQL. LINQ to Entities has made this language almost obsolete, and developers don’t feel comfortable with it—its string-based nature is less expressive than the object-oriented LINQ. But thinking that Entity SQL is useless is a huge mistake, because some types of queries are easier to write using such a language.

In the first part of the chapter, we’ll discuss the querying capabilities of Entity SQL, focusing on different types of common operations, exactly as we did ...

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