ADO.NET Entity Framework
The ADO.NET Entity Framework is designed to enable 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 hard-coded dependencies on a particular data engine or storage schema.
Mappings between the conceptual model and the storage-specific schema can change without changing the application code.
Developers can work with a consistent application object model that can be mapped to various storage schemas, possibly implemented in different database management systems.
Multiple conceptual models can be mapped to a single storage schema.
Language-integrated query (LINQ) support provides compile-time syntax validation for queries against a conceptual model.
Where Should I Start?
Depending on what you are most interested in, you should consider getting started with the Entity Framework in one of the following topics.
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In This Section
- Introducing the Entity Framework
Provides an overview of the features and functionality introduced in the ADO.NET Entity Framework.
- Getting Started (Entity Framework)
Describes how to design and create an Entity Framework application.
- Programming Guide (Entity Framework)
Contains conceptual topics, how-to's and tutorials that demonstrate the capabilities of the Entity Framework.
- Feature Reference (Entity Framework)
Contains conceptual content describing the Entity Data Model, Object Services, and Entity SQL.
- Samples (Entity Framework)
Contains sample applications demonstrating the features and functionality of the Entity Framework.
- Entity Framework Terminology
Describes terminology used in the Entity Framework.