Entity Framework Q&A - Lazy Loading, ObjectContext, and LINQ

I've received hundreds of questions regarding the Entity Framework and LINQ. Obviously developers are very interested in the Entity Framework and its data access and modeling implications. 

I responded to some of the most frequently asked questions in the May 2008 Data Points column. Topic includes:

  • Why use Entity SQL when I can use LINQ to get to entities?
  • What is the role of ObjectContext?
  • How do explicit and eager loading work LINQ and the Entity Framework?
  • How do I see the SQL that will execute?
  • What can I do with complex types?
  • How do I create a complex type?
  • You can find my Data Points column in the May 2008 MSDN Magazine issue online.


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Hi, I'm John Papa. I author this blog, create courses for Pluralsight and am a Google Developer Expert and Microsoft Regional Director. I travel speaking at events and train technology thought leaders