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Entity Framework Core Cookbook - Second Edition by Ricardo Peres

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Creating many-to-many maps

A many-to-many relation is another of those "canonical" ones. Essentially, each entity on one of the sides can be associated with many entities on the other side, and this goes the other way too. Just think of these use cases:

  • A post and its tags, where a tag can have multiple posts and a post multiple tags
  • Books and authors
  • Projects and developers

Usually, a many-to-many relation is easy to represent in classes: each side holds a collection of entities of the other side. In Entity Framework Core, however, things are not so simple. I'm sorry to break this to you, but as it happens, many-to-many relations are not supported! Do not be alarmed, though, there's still something we can do about it! This was a change from previous ...

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