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The ADO.NET Entity Framework is an object-relational mapping framework that offers an abstraction of ADO.NET to get an object model based on the referential databases. You can use different programming models with the Entity Framework: Model First, Database First, and Code First. Both Model First and Database First provide mapping information with a mapping file. Using Code First, mapping information is all done via C# code. This chapter provides information about all these programming models.
You will learn about the mappings between the database and the entity classes using the Conceptual Schema Definition Language (CSDL), the Storage Schema Definition Language (SSDL), and the Mapping Schema Language (MSL). Different relationships between entities are covered, such as one table per hierarchy of objects, one table per type, and n-to-n relationships.
This chapter also describes different ways to access the database from the code directly with the EntityClient provider, using Entity ...