Entity Framework: Not as Evil as You May Think


Presenter: Julie Lerman

Session Details


“It’s going to write and execute its own TSQL? I have to give it access to my tables? What, are you kidding me? I am not letting that performance and security sopping hunk-a-goo near my database!” Okay, okay, we hear you! Before you database gurus get your knickers in a twist about Entity Framework, the model driven ORM that is now part of ADO.NET, don’t believe everything you hear. The default functionality of Entity Framework can definitely be scary to someone who really knows their way around a database. But there is a lot to love if you look a little further. For example, did you know that an Entity Data Model can be built from *only* views and stored procedures? Have you seen the great improvements to the query builders in EF4? Did you know that EF uses parameterized queries? In this session, Entity Framework expert (and eager-to-learn DB luddite), Julie Lerman, will share some features of Entity Framework that should give database owners the info they need to make balanced and educated assessments of Entity Framework.


About the Speaker


Julie Lerman is a Microsoft MVP, .NET mentor and consultant who lives in the hills of Vermont. You can find Julie presenting on data access and other Microsoft .NET topics at user groups and conferences around the world. Julie blogs at, is the author of the highly acclaimed Programming Entity Framework (with a second edition released in August 2010) and authors the MSDN Magazine “Data Points” column. Follow Julie on twitter at julielerman.



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