Entity Framework Getting Started Videos

Videos are a great way to get started with a new technology! If done well, you can just sit back and watch things happen. Many people rate videos as one of their favorite ways to learn things. Personally, I like to combine a video with a detailed step-by-step written tutorial: the video shows me what is possible, and sometimes that is enough; but often, to really assimilate a new technology, I also need to actually do something myself, which is where the written tutorial comes in.

MSDN has a great series of beginner-videos about Entity Framework, by Julie Lerman. They are listed on two different pages.

On the first page (Julie Lerman (1 – 6)) the first two videos show you 2 ways to create a model (Database-First and Model-First), then explores the classes generated from an entity data model, next shows you how to set up and reference an Entity Data Model as a class library, which is her recommended method, and finally takes you through LINQ to Entities and doing CRUD operations on entities.

The 2nd page (Julie Lerman (7 – 11)) covers a number of more advanced topics, such as using stored procedures to do CRUD operations, Creating Master-Detail Windows Forms with the Entity Framework, Getting Started with T4 to Customize Entity Data Model Code Generation, Using the POCO T4 Code Generation Template for Entity Data Models, and Data Binding with WPF and the Entity Framework.

I found these videos to be on just the right level for myself, as a newcomer to Entity Framework. Each one was well focussed, the content was presented clearly, and they were organized in a professional way. I recommend them in conjunction with other step-by-step written tutorials, if you are also a newcomer with a hands-on learning style like myself.

The videos’ author, Julie Lerner, has written a book about Entity Framework (Programming Entity Framework), and also has a blog, which looks well worth following.

My one complaint is that it is hard to find these videos via search. They do not show up in Bing or Google when you search with “Entity Framework 4 Getting Started Video”. The easiest way to get to them is by navigating through the MSDN portal. From there you can click on Data Developer Center, assuming that you already know Entity Framework is hidden inside there. From there you can click on Entity Framework, and on that page you click on Beginners Guide.

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About Rick Saling

I work at Microsoft as a Senior Programmer Writer, currently documenting Entity Framework. Prior to that I did database design work for many years. Non-work interests include outdoors (hiking, scrambling, backpacking), political issues, travel, learning languages (currently working on Turkish).
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