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EF Core: Unifying SQL and NoSQL Databases

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Mar 02, 2018

One of the original goals of EF Core was to develop a model wherein both SQL and NoSQL style databases could be used with little or no change to the code. Microsoft is taking the first steps towards that goal with an experimental EF provider for Azure Cosmos DB.

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EF Core 2.1 Roadmap: Views, Group By, and Lazy Loading

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Feb 28, 2018

Entity Framework Core continues to make progress towards catching up with the original Entity Framework. On the roadmap for EF Core 2.1 are features such as views, group by, and lazy loading.

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Highlights for the Upcoming .NET Framework 4.7.2

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Feb 20, 2018

Though most of the attention is on .NET Core, development continues on the original .NET Framework. Microsoft has recently released a preview of .NET Framework 4.7.2 with updates to ASP.NET, ADO.NET, WCF, WPF, and even Windows Forms.

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String Interpolation in Entity Framework Raises Concerns

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Sep 18, 2017 1

One of the new features in Entity Framework Core 2 is the ability to automatically convert interpolated strings into parameterized SQL. Though designed to avoid problems with poorly written SQL, it is feared that it may actually lead to more SQL injection attacks.

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Breaking Changes in EF Core 2.0

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Aug 23, 2017

EF Core brings with it many breaking changes, including rendering all of the database providers for EF Core 1.0/1.1 unusable in EF Core 2.0.

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New Features in Entity Framework Core 2.0

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Aug 22, 2017

While the EF Core 2.0 release deserves a lot of criticism, there are also a lot of things to like about it. In this article we touch on some of the highlights from this release including a safe way to use string interpolation with raw SQL.

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Entity Framework Core 2.0 Released to Heavy Criticism

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Aug 21, 2017 6

Entity Framework has always had a mixed reputation, with some developers loving it while other compared it unfavorably to NHiberante, LINQ-to-SQL, and the various micro-ORMs. But the early impressions of EF Core have been particularly bad and continue to frustrate even those who appreciated the original Entity Framework.

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Delayed and Deprecated Features in Entity Framework Core

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Aug 02, 2016

While Entity Framework has a rather ignominious reputation for breaking backwards compatibility, it pales in comparison to the total rewrite undertaken for Entity Framework core. In this article InfoQ looks at some of the major feature changes and their repercussions.

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.NET Core - Terminology you Need to Know

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Jan 20, 2016

In an effort to dramatically reduce confusion, ASP.NET 5.0 and Entity Framework 7.0 have been renamed to ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework Core 1.0.

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Shadow Properties in Entity Framework 7

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Aug 17, 2015

Shadow properties are fields that don’t exist in the class itself, but are treated as if they did by Entity Framework. They can participate in queries, create/update operations, and database migrations.

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SQL Server 2016: JSON Support

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  May 28, 2015 3

SQL Server 2016 will finally see native support for JSON.

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Entity Framework 7: New Platforms and New Data Stores

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Apr 30, 2015 1

Entity Framework was created solely for working with relational data on the full version of .NET. In EF 7, neither of those statements is true.

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Entity Framework 7 Not Recommended for ASP.NET 4

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Dec 11, 2014

Version 7 of Entity Framework represents a major redesign of the 6-year-old ORM. As such, Microsoft will not be recommending the initial release of EF 7 for existing projects. Rather, it is only meant for projects that are using ASP.NET 5 and .NET Core.

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Dramatically Improve Entity Framework Performance with Bulk Operations

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  Dec 08, 2014

When a database administrators think of high performance data loading, they are thinking of bulk operations, a feature noticeably lacking in Entity Framework. But that doesn’t have to be the case. We recently spoke with Jonathan Magnan of ZZZ Projects about their new offerings.

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Rebooting Entity Framework

by Jonathan Allen Follow 655 Followers on  May 14, 2014 3

Entity Framework is being rebooted with an initiative called “Entity Framework Everywhere”. The goal of this project is dramatically reduce both the complexity of Entity Framework and the resources needed to run applications that use it. This will in turn allow it to run on a wider variety of platforms including Windows Store and Windows Phone.

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