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Mastering Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2010 by Evangelos Petroutsos

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Chapter 17. Using the Entity Data Model

In Chapter 16, "Developing Data-Driven Applications," you learned how to use DataSets, how to perform data binding, and how to use LINQ to SQL. As it happens, LINQ to SQL is not the only object-relational technology Microsoft has to offer.

In this chapter, you'll discover Microsoft's latest data technology, the Entity Framework. Released initially with Service Pack 1 of Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, it is the 2010 version of Visual Studio that ships with this data technology out of the box for the first time. While LINQ to SQL is a somewhat lightweight, code-oriented data technology, the Entity Framework is a comprehensive, model-driven data solution.

The Entity Framework represents a central piece of Microsoft's ...

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