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Entity Framework Core in Action, Second Edition

Jon P Smith
  • MEAP began May 2020
  • Publication in June 2021 (estimated)
  • ISBN 9781617298363
  • 624 pages (estimated)
  • printed in black & white

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Need a good introduction into EF Core? Get this one, it's the best I've read.

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Entity Framework Core in Action, Second Edition is an in-depth guide to reading and writing databases with EF Core. Revised from the bestselling original edition, it’s filled with over 100 diagrams, code snippets, and examples—including building and scaling your own bookselling web application. Learn from author Jon Smith’s extensive experience working with EF Core in production, as you discover time-saving patterns and best practices for security, performance tuning, unit testing, and all the book’s code is available on GitHub.

about the technology

Entity Framework Core is an object-relational mapper (ORM) that bridges the gap between your C# code and the commands required to access relational databases. As Microsoft’s recommended data access technology, it automatically maps your classes and code to the tables and views of a database—making it radically easier to query and write to databases from a .NET application. It allows you to query and write to your database using standard LINQ commands, and it will even automatically generate the model from your database schema. Now that .NET Core 5 is Microsoft’s primary development system, it’s never been more important to master Entity Framework Core.

about the book

Entity Framework Core in Action, Second Edition is a comprehensive guide to accessing databases from .NET applications. Updated and upgraded with new content, new diagrams, and new examples, this second edition of the bestselling original begins with a clear breakdown of Entity Framework, along with the mental model behind ORM. You’ll discover time-saving patterns and best practices for security, performance tuning, and even unit testing, as well as tips and tricks developed by the author through their extensive experience working on different client applications. As you go, you’ll address common data access challenges and learn how to handle them with Entity Framework.

what's inside

  • Read and write databases with Entity Framework Core
  • Configure EF Core to define every table and column in your database
  • Update your schema as your app grows
  • Using EF Core with ASP.NET Core web applications
  • Write and test business logic for database access
  • Looking at different architectures to use with EF Core

about the reader

For .NET developers with beginning-to-intermediate experience using relational databases.

about the author

Jon P. Smith is an independent principal software developer and architect with a special focus on .NET Core and Azure. He mainly works on the back-end of client applications, typically using EF Core and ASP.NET Core web applications. He is a working developer with clients from the USA and UK, typically designing and writing large sections of an application.

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It delivers a perfect mixture of EF Core training through an authentic software-design process.

Jeff Neumann

It's just great to have a curated reference for EF that walks you through from the basics all the way up to advanced techniques.

Stephen Byrne

A great read for those new to Entity Framework and those coming from EF6.

Paul G Brown

A very nice overview of EF Core that really dives into the real problems you'd encounter, as well as explaining how things work under thehood.

Anne Epstein

I bought copies for each of my team members. This will save so much time over Googling. No more reading 10 articles and not finding your answers.

Paul Brown
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