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Exploring Entity Framework for AutoCAD Development—And Beyond

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    This class provides an introduction to Microsoft’s Entity Framework, one of the leading object-relational mapper frameworks in use today. With Entity Framework, developers can focus more of their efforts on dealing with how objects in their problem domain relate to each other, and spend less effort worrying about data-persistence code. The class examines the Code First style of development, including POCO classes, DbContext configuration, and how to integrate the resulting Entity Framework model in various different project types (including a console app and AutoCAD software-based applications). We’ll use a console project to create and edit some database records, then demonstrate how to use the Entity Framework model in an AutoCAD .NET API project to read data from the database and populate an AutoCAD software table.

    Key Learnings

    • Learn how to create an Entity Framework model from an existing database using Code First
    • Learn how to configure database options using Fluent API and DataAnnotations
    • Learn how to work with Entity Framework objects such as DbContext and DbSet to create, retrieve, update, and delete database records
    • Learn how to create AutoCAD objects with data queried from a database via the Entity Framework model