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Entity Framework vs TypeORM: What are the differences?


When comparing Entity Framework and TypeORM, there are several key differences that developers should be aware of. These differences can affect how a developer chooses between the two frameworks for their projects.

1. Data Source Support: Entity Framework is tightly integrated with Microsoft SQL Server, while TypeORM supports a variety of databases including MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, and more. This difference in data source support may influence the choice of framework based on the database technology being used in a project.

2. Language Support: Entity Framework is primarily used with C# and .NET applications, whereas TypeORM is commonly used with TypeScript applications. This difference in language support can impact the compatibility and integration of the framework within the overall codebase of a project.

3. Query Language: Entity Framework uses LINQ (Language Integrated Query) for querying databases, while TypeORM uses raw SQL queries or an Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) approach. The choice between LINQ and raw SQL queries may depend on a developer's familiarity and preference for a particular query language.

4. Community Support: Entity Framework has a larger and more established community compared to TypeORM, leading to a wealth of resources, tutorials, and community-driven extensions. TypeORM, on the other hand, may have a smaller but growing community that offers more tailored support for specific use cases.

5. Performance Optimization: Entity Framework provides built-in features for performance optimization, such as query caching and lazy loading, while TypeORM may require more manual configuration for optimizing performance. This difference in performance optimization capabilities can impact the efficiency and scalability of an application.

6. Maturity and Stability: Entity Framework has been in development for over a decade and is a mature framework with a stable release history, whereas TypeORM is a relatively newer framework that continues to evolve with frequent updates. This distinction in maturity and stability may influence the level of risk and confidence in using each framework for production applications.

In Summary, understanding the key differences between Entity Framework and TypeORM, such as data source support, language compatibility, query language, community support, performance optimization, and maturity, can help developers make informed decisions when choosing a framework for their projects.

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Pros of Entity Framework
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    Object Oriented
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    Strongly Object-Oriented
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    Multiple approach (Model/Database/Code) first
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    Code first approach
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    Auto generated code
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    Model first approach
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    Strongly typed entities
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    Database first
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    Supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB, SQLite, MS SQL Ser
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    Cons of TypeORM
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    Easy setup
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    Works in NodeJS, Browser, Ionic, Cordova and Electron p
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    Promise Based
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    Support MySQL & MariaDB, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, Sqlite
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    Support MongoDB

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Cons of Entity Framework
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      Completely abandoned by its creator
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      Too complex for what it does
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      Doesn't really support native javascript
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      Not proper/real type safety
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      Cannot use query on any relation

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    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.

    What is TypeORM?

    It supports both Active Record and Data Mapper patterns, unlike all other JavaScript ORMs currently in existence, which means you can write high quality, loosely coupled, scalable, maintainable applications the most productive way.

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