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Zeeshan Hirani actively uses Entity framework in the development of an e-commerce web site for a top-300 ecommerce retailer. He has written several articles and maintains and active and influential Entity framework blog at http://weblogs.asp.net/zeeshanhirani.
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Great example straight from the book:
1. Create a new class in your project that inherits from DBContext
2. Create a Photograph POCO entity class using code in Listing 2-12
-- Yes that was step 1 and 2 from the example.
It never tells you how you are getting DBContext, nor what name this new class should have. In the "listing" that they are showing you need some using statements to get that code to work which aren't mentioned. I'm on page 35 and am considering just using the book to light my charcoal grill all summer as that would probably be a lot better use of this book. Perhaps I'll start reading through the documentation from MSDN and write my own book on the subject because if these people can get it printed I'm sure Apress would print what ever I can come up with.
To say I'm VERY DISSAPOINTED would be an understatement!!!
I have read recent reviews of other books published by Apress that complain about the new cover design being faded (washed out). This is my 2nd book with this new cover design and neither are faded.
This book simply updates the previous edition with the new Entity Framework 6 features. Also, chapter four now focuses more specifically on MVC. If you haven't started using MVC yet (shame on you!), then you may want to keep the previous version along side this one. After you take into account the updated features that were added, the rewrite of chapter 4, and omission of chapter 15 (Advanced Modeling), you still have a book that inherited the majority of its content from the previous version. For me, that's exactly what I was looking for. Disclaimer: I have only read the first edition and the first two chapters of this updated edition (it just arrived in the mail). I thumbed through the remaining chapters & did a side-by-side comparison.
When I purchased the first edition, I was nervous because I was new to EF programming and afraid that a recipe style book wouldn't provide the basics needed to get up-to-speed. While this style usually targets more experienced programmers, the authors of this book provide enough basic information up front to ensure most anyone can follow along. That basic information has not changed much in this updated edition.
If you want to see an accurate rating of this book based on more than one or two reviews, check out the previous edition (Entity Framework 4 Recipes). I have them both in front of me and feel that they are similar enough for someone to roughly gauge the new edition based on the reviews of the previous edition. Same authors...same basic content and chapter layout... more MVC specifics... updated features and capabilities based on EF 6. What else could you ask for?
[UPDATE] It's been a 1.5 years since I wrote this review. After reading the more recent reviews I will agree that this book is not the best for beginners. I stated that I learned EF from the previous edition of this book but I also have a CS degree and I'm an experienced Software Developer.
I would recommend looking elsewhere for help with the Entity Framework.
Lots of sourcecode errors and missing items.
Not suited for EF beginners or students/devs coming from non-MSFT platform.
Requires SQL Server Mgmt Studio knowledge and additional Lerman books.
I like to recode samples from books, this is significantly delayed by omitted information.
Errata page seems to be out of order and gaptcha sound output not useful for non-english mother tongue readers.
I'll keep the book on my shelf, yet need something else to learn EF6 step-by-step.
In General: the maturity of .NET created a chicken-egg problem in the book market. EF - SQL Server- ASP.NET MVC - WCF - ... everything depends on each other and changes yearly.
And book authors simply assume that you know every other item.
My feeling is that there are no more serious books for beginners (= students, = next-gen devs) coming to market. The kind of step-by-step books Wrox published years ago.