What is Entity Framework?
It is an object-relational mapper that enables .NET developers to work with relational data using domain-specific objects. It eliminates the need for most of the data-access code that developers usually need to write.
Entity Framework is a tool in the Object Relational Mapper (ORM) category of a tech stack.
Entity Framework is an open source tool with GitHub stars and GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Entity Framework's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Entity Framework?
50 companies reportedly use Entity Framework in their tech stacks, including Mews, RoofStacks, and productdevelopment.
197 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Entity Framework.
Entity Framework Integrations
MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, SQLite, and .NET are some of the popular tools that integrate with Entity Framework. Here's a list of all 12 tools that integrate with Entity Framework.
Pros of Entity Framework
Multiple approach (Model/Database/Code) first
Code first approach
Model first approach
Auto generated code
Strongly typed entities
Jobs that mention Entity Framework as a desired skillset
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Entity Framework's Features
- ORM, Work with relational data using domain-specific objects
- Eliminates the need for most of the data-access code
Entity Framework Alternatives & Comparisons
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It is a mature, open source object-relational mapper for the .NET framework. It's actively developed, fully featured and used in thousands of successful projects.
Entity Framework Core
It is a lightweight, extensible, open source and cross-platform version of the popular Entity Framework data access technology. It can serve as an object-relational mapper (O/RM), enabling .NET developers to work with a database using .NET objects, and eliminating the need for most of the data-access code they usually need to write.
Hibernate is a suite of open source projects around domain models. The flagship project is Hibernate ORM, the Object Relational Mapper.
SQLAlchemy is the Python SQL toolkit and Object Relational Mapper that gives application developers the full power and flexibility of SQL.
Sequelize is a promise-based ORM for Node.js and io.js. It supports the dialects PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, SQLite and MSSQL and features solid transaction support, relations, read replication and more.