Executing Entity SQL (eSQL) queries against the read-only
EntityClient layer is a good way of learning the differences between eSQL, and T-SQL query syntax, but the vast majority of real-world Entity Framework (EF) projects will take advantage of the Object Services API. Chapter 9 provided brief examples for using the Object Services API's primary classes:
ObjectContext and its
ObjectQuery<T>, ObjectParameter, ObjectResult<T>, ObjectStateManager, and
ObjectStateEntry types. The Object Services API enables create, retrieve, update, and delete (CRUD) operation on the tables of the underlying data store with strongly typed CLR objects that you define by the mapping files of the Entity Data Model (EDM). The
System.Data.Objects.DataClasses namespaces — both of which are included in the System.Data.Entity assembly — contain the Object Services API's classes.
ObjectContext is EF's top-level object.
ObjectContext's primary job is identifying objects and managing cached object graphs in local memory, tracking changes to objects, and persisting the changes to the data store. In other words,
ObjectContext is the "tool" component of EF as an object/relational mapping (O/RM) tool.
EntityConnection objects, which it shares with
EntityClient; Chapters 10 and 11 also introduced you to these two objects. The
ObjectContext's ObjectStateManager is responsible ...