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An ORM built by Microsoft and is available as part of .Net framework 3.5 and later.

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Why shouldn't I use the repository pattern with Entity Framework?

During a job interview, I was asked to explain why the repository pattern isn't a good pattern to work with ORMs like Entity Framework. Why is this the case?
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Should Entity Framework 6 not be used with repository pattern?

So I am asking this after reading the following: Why shouldn't I use the repository pattern with Entity Framework?. It seems there is a large split of people who say yay and those that say nay. ...
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Should Repositories return IQueryable?

I have been seeing a lot of projects that have repositories that return instances of IQueryable. This allows additional filters and sorting can be performed on the IQueryable by other code, which ...
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Is Entity Framework Code First a bit meaningless/useless in production and what is a good EF strategy for production?

I have been programming recently with Entity Framework 4.1 Code First and am loving it for development, but with only an end plan and a rapidly changing feature list, I am constantly modifying the ...
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Entity Framework and layer separation

I'm trying to work a bit with Entity Framework and I got a question regarding the separation of layers. I usually use the UI -> BLL -> DAL approach and I'm wondering how to use EF here. My DAL would ...
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Entity Framework and distributed Systems

I need some help or maybe only a hint for the right direction. I've got a system that is sperated into two applications. An existing VB.NET desktop client using Entity Framework 5 with code first ...
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Is it good practice to use entity objects as data transfer objects?

I am wondering because if it is, why does Entity Framework not offer logic to create a new object with the same properties to transfer data between layers? I use the entity objects that I generate ...
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If Repository Pattern is overkill for modern ORMs (EF, nHibernate), what is a better abstraction?

I've recently read a lot of arguments against using the repository pattern with powerful ORM's like Entity Framework as it incorporates repository-like functionality, along with Unit of Work ...
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Dependency injection with n-tier Entity Framework solution

I am currently designing an n-tier solution which is using Entity Framework 5 (.net 4) as its data access strategy, but am concerned about how to incorporate dependency injection to make it testable / ...
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ASP.NET MVC - should the MVC's M, V and C be explicitly aware of domain entities?

Since this question seems to be pretty subjective, I'm posting it here. Let's say you're writing your own version of Stackoverflow using ASP.NET MVC, so there are classes like Question, Answer, User, ...
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Entity Framework vs. Linq to SQL? [closed]

I'm a little bit confused about these two terms "Linq to SQL" and "Entity Framework". I have the general idea that both of them somehow allow you to refer to database tables as .net objects or ...
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Repository Pattern and Joined Queries

In conjunction with Unit Tests and Dependency Injection I (and my primary coworker) are exploring Repositories. However we cannot come to a solid plan of action for implementation. In a basic ...
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Should I be learning Linq, Direct SQL Commands (in .net), EF or other? [closed]

Basically, I have a very good knowledge of plain old SQL coming from Classic ASP programming. Over the past couple of months, I have been learning C# and today was my first full day at MVC 3 (Razor) ...
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Moving Role CRUD operations from the Controller to the Application Service

I am creating an administration facility for an asp.net MVC application. I am currently trying to create a form that will allow admin users to create roles. I see plenty of code, which looks like ...
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How do I cache data that rarely changes?

In my ASP.NET application there is some data that doesn't change often and so there is no point in querying the database to re-check it every time. In my current situation I am checking user ...
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Class structure for Entity Framework

I'm using EF (Code first) and I'd like to isolate the properties from the methods (many of the methods reference other libraries that I don't want my database project to have to reference). As an ...
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Is EF4 mature enough with MySQL or Oracle? [closed]

Is Entity Framework 4 with MySQL or Oracle mature enough to be used on production level web application? Can it provide high level of performance, or should we stick with just plain data access with ...