4460ENT_Entity Framework 4.1 Expert's Cookbook_covI recently read through a new book covering the Entity Framework version 4.1 called Entity Framework 4.1: Expert’s Cookbook by my friend Tim Rayburn and Devlin Liles. The book is more of a guide through EF and expects the reader to have some knowledge of EF to begin. Having quite a bit of EF knowledge I found the book to give advanced .NET developers quite a bit of insight into the great data framework from Microsoft.

The book is very well written and I really enjoyed how it walked the reader/developer to all of the needed information to get started and then progressed through implementing the solution, explained how this solution works and finally talked about testing the solution for such things as performance. The authors have done a great job laying out the book so a reader can find the specific topic or recipe they need to dig into or else read the book from the start and progress through the Entity Framework with their expert guidance.

I recommend this book to everyone that needs to have another good EF reference guide at their fingertips.

You can find the book at http://www.packtpub.com/entity-framework-4-1-experts-test-driven-development-architecture-cookbook/book

20 thoughts on “Book Review: Entity Framework 4.1: Expert’s Cookbook

  1. The book sounds like it has an approach that will leave the reader with last information rather than a digest of API’s and patterns.

  2. Can always use a good reference. EF has come a long way and for an object guy like me (vs. a database guy) I’m really impressed with what’s there now. I actually like using it (code-first of course) in combination with MVC apps over NHibernate or other ORMs now. Thanks!

  3. I typically use EF to generate DBs and classes for use within Windows Phone Apps. This looks like a good read to expand where I use EF.

    Please enter me in the raffle for a copy.


  4. It appears this book is available on Safari Books Online. I may not yet be in the “seasoned EF developer” camp yet, so I might spend some more time with Julie Lerman’s courses on Pluralsight before reading this.

    Thanks for the review.

  5. Looks like a great addition to the library. Especially as I’ve been looking for some new ideas on implementing more TDD patterns. Wouldn’t mind getting it through the raffle, but will pick it up regardless in the future.

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