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“Cool” New Courses for Entity Framework

donfrozen-rev-300x300We’ve joined forces with our Yeti instructor, Don Kiely, to create two new Entity Framework 6.1 courses for you. (I wonder how he can type when he’s that “Frozen?” I guess I’ll just have to “Let It Go.”)

No, Don doesn’t normally look this way in the winter. And no, he didn’t have a run in with Elsa. His friend Tracey Martinson was not too frozen to take this picture of Don after he went for a run when the temperature was -18°F (which is -27.8°C or 245 K). In between running, caring for his sled dogs, and never being asked “Do you Want to Build a Snowman?”, Don has created these exciting new Entity Framework courses:

Entity Framework 6.1: SQL Server Features – Now available
In this course you’ll learn about a few of Entity Framework’s “For the First Time in Forever” additions to support SQL Server features. You’ll start with a look at Entity Framework’s support for hierarchyID or, rather, its missing support. Then you’ll jump into one of the best new features in Entity Framework in a long time— enums—which you can use to protect the integrity of your data. Next you’ll explore Entity Framework’s support for spatial data, which covers location-aware applications and data. You’ll wrap up with a look at table-valued functions and their support in Entity Framework.

Entity Framework 6.1: Code-First Development – Coming 2/2/15
You will begin by learning how code-first works by default, which will probably work for most applications early in their development cycle. But when you’re ready to deploy the application to a production server, or need more flexibility (in a “Fixer Upper” kind of way), you’ll learn how Entity Framework creates a database. You’ll see how to create a code-first model and create a database from it, and see an application that makes use of it to maintain data in the database. You’ll also learn how to customize the database using data annotations, and the DBModelBuilder API which lets you write code instead of using data annotations. Lastly you’ll see how code migration is a newer feature of code first that goes beyond just deleting and recreating the database when the model changes.

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Be sure to check out all of our Entity Framework courses including these two new additions. By the way, here is a picture of Don all thawed out. I doubt he thinks “Reindeer are Better than People,” because he may not have met one yet. Let’s hope “In Summer” up in Alaska, Don’s runs won’t have that frozen look.

My apologies to Disney for using Frozen songs as puns.

About the Author


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Brian Ewoldt is the Project Manager for LearnNowOnline. Brian joined the team in 2008 after 13 years of working for the computer gaming industry as a producer/project manager. Brian is responsible for all production of courses published by LearnNowOnline. In his spare time, Brian enjoys being with his family, watching many forms of racing, racing online, and racing Go-Karts.