Entity Framework in the Enterprise on Pluralsight

What I want to know how to do in entity framework:

  • Create
    • High speed database contexts
    • Object rich database contexts
    • Dynamically composable database contexts for when pre-built don’t exist
  • Understand
    • Best path
    • Performance trade-offs
    • Risks and Challenges

With those questions in mind I watched Entity Framework in the Enterprise: Incorporating Entity Framework into applications that are architected for the enterprise.

Personal notes follow.

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Data Layer Validation with Entity Framework 4.1+

This is a helpful series for when you need to start doing any sort of validations on your entities. I need to dig more into OData and how it integrates nicely with NG and friends using .NET. Personal notes follow.

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Entity Framework 4.1 – DbContext Data Access

Entity Framework 4.1 – DbContext Data Access covers the DbContext object. It is important. The lecture explains why it is important. It might seem abstract if you haven’t touched any of this stuff before. That is OK. You will recall it when you need it.

Personal notes follow.

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Entity Framework 4.1 – Code First

Entity Framework 4.1 – Code First is a good next-step from this. Guessing that all of the courses referenced in the latter are going to be good next steps, so I will watch all of them. My neighbor at work asked me why I’m using PluralSight instead of just reading all of the EF material.

Normally I read all of the literature on a topic, in depth, at least a couple of times. Every time I’ve done that before, there has been a lot of energy and desire surrounding the pursuit. Learning EF though I feel like I am late to the game. That means that people aren’t really excited about sharing their experiences with EF anymore, so I can’t draw from their energy at all regarding EF, and, I want that. That is why I want to use PluralSight here.

Lerman is sharing 3 things here: facts, values and personal preference. That is exactly what you get interacting with your professional peers. For an experienced programmer, this is the sweet spot for learning new things. Yes my peers are totally up for sharing those things, too, just not 10 hours of it! This is where courses like this are valuable.

The fact that Lerman is vouching for EF means a lot, and sharing her values and beliefs about how to do EF is energizing, and that makes it fun. Lerman’s courses on PluralSight provide a very pleasant learning experience in a very short time-span.

My personal notes on EF follow.

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Getting Started with Entity Framework 5

Julie Lerman’s PluralSight training is as almost as good as her books. Perhaps it is not a fair comparison? She has a great writing style, and her books are a joy to read. You might expect the same experience with her training videos, and that is probably unfair. You are all about fairness, right? Entity Framework is quite mature at this point. For those of us returning to .NET, this video is quite perfect. It covers just enough. If you’ve built systems before, you will get so, so much out of her series.

Building Web Apps & Services with Entity Framework and Web API

Building Web Apps & Services with Entity Framework and Web API.

If you already know JavaScript, C#, an ORM, and IoC, and all of the other stuff for dealing with, then this is a fast-track to getting on-board with them on the MS platform. Yea, it is fast, but you can get the details elsewhere. This is the place just to see it happen. So many value-adds are referenced in the video. Don’t want to talk it up to much, but it is just very valuable. The major failing here is that the examples are no longer correct though, so you have to do research just to make sense of what is happening and how to implement it.

Windows Azure: The Big Picture

Windows Azure: The Big Picture.

You won’t view anything in this video and say “Oh my goodness I never imagined you could do that with a computer”. What will happen though is that now you will know how Azure lets you do that with a computer, all of their offerings from virtualization to networking to message queues covered. That is great to know. I chose this video specifically because it is the shortest. Further digging is required.

C# Tips and Traps

C# Tips and Traps.

Each session contains 5-10 pieces of information. The topics are varied and unrelated. That is OK. Basically, everything that you learn here, you ought to know. They are things that will, were you to not know these things, would easily identify you as not being a real .NET developer. Don’t get me wrong, you won’t learn anything here that will radically change your contribution. Rather, it is just little things, that, if you don’t know them, you will look really stupid, not dumb, just stupid. You probably won’t even remember them either, that is, until you run into that situation. At that point, you will recall “Hey I saw that video…” and that is where it pays off. Even just stuff like partial classes and functions, I haven’t thought about that for a long time, and hey, thanks for the reminder. Another nice one is seeing how easy it is to implement debugger visualizations with annotations. Knew you could, but didn’t realize it was that easy. So if you have 2-3 hours, then watch it, at 2X.