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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Book on DbContext June 10 2012
By G. van Staden - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
DbContext is covered in extreme detail in this book. The pace is gradual but you will really know how to use DbContext after reading this.

Given that DbContext is part of Entity Framework, I understand the need to make reference to other EF books. I think the book exploits this a bit and the numerous references to the authors' other books is annoying. The example code is also based on the authors' other books but, even if you have not read them, is understandable and useful.

The coverage ranges from an introduction to what DbContext is and how it fits-in to Entity Framework, through how it works and on to the future vision for DbContext and Entity Framework. This book contains more than recipes for successful use. Great detail is given as to how DbContext and EF work with code to create database queries, track changes and manipulate data.

In combination with the supporting website, which is excellent, this book is a valuable resources for anyone really wanting to gain complete understanding of DbContext.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Best Book on DBContext May 7 2012
By George - Published on
Format: Paperback
Julia Lerman is one of my go to people when it comes to Entity Framework. Between her several books, blogs and videos, she is one of the main sources for Entity Framework information.
Julia and Rowan writing style is easy to understand. The book is full of code examples without over doing it. The book is only a couple hundred pages, but covers the topic very well.
DbContext is only a part of Entity Framework, but an important part. Understanding it will make using Entity Framework much easier and make the developer much more productive.
Just understanding the differences between Lazy Loading, Eager Loading, Explicit Loading and understanding when your queries are querying against the database or local memory is worth getting the book.
The authors have other books on programming Entity Framework, but this is the most in-depth book covering DbContext. Not the first place to learn about Entity Framework, but when it comes to DbContext, at the moment, there is nothing better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Get this one Nov. 13 2012
By Amr - Published on
Format: Paperback
I found solutions in this book for some problems that i did not find somewhere else .I haven't read all the book but this is enough to say there is good effort behind it . I will sure read all of it , just need more time .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Guided Tour of the API April 6 2012
By Liles Family - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just finished this on my kindle and I have to say, well done. It is a great guided tour of the API and will help just about everyone in some way. I especially like the validation dive, as well as the detailed explanations of the change tracker API. When you get into distributed transactions and dealing with N-tier applications, this is required knowledge. Having this as a reference is invaluable and should be a reserved spot in the library for anyone writing Code First Entity Framework.
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excellent book May 1 2014
By C. Barker - Published on
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I read the Entity Framework 2e book and I never felt I had a grasp on EF; in fact, I was even more confused. This book (DbContext) along with the Entity Framework: Code First gave me what I needed to competently develop in EF. DbContext and Code First are much more coherently laid out. You will want to read BOTH DbContext and Code First to get a complete grasp.