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WCF 4.0 Multi-tier Services Development with LINQ to Entities by Mike Liu

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Entity Framework

Since LINQ to Entities is based on Entity Framework, let's explain what Entity Framework is now.

ADO.NET Entity Framework (EF) is a new addition to the Microsoft ADO.NET family. It enables developers to create data access applications by programming against a conceptual application model instead of programming directly against a relational storage schema. The goal is to decrease the amount of code and maintenance required for data-oriented applications. Entity Framework applications provide the following benefits:

  • Applications can work in terms of a more application-centric conceptual model including types with inheritance, complex members, and relationships
  • Applications are freed from hardcoded dependencies on a particular data ...

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