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Old September 30th, 2010, 12:35 AM
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Default Entity Framework vs datasets?

I'm finally reading my copy of Beginning asp.net 3.5, and I have to say it's well written. I will be using vs 2010 but don't have the new asp.net 4 book. I am curious to hear your thoughts re datasets vs entity framework for asp.net sites? I am skilled with sql server and other rdbms and datasets seem pretty direct to me. But EF offers more db independence and datasets are probably a more static technology at this point. I am not sure how easy/hard it is to learn EF vs datasets, and I'm not sure which might be more productive, but I'd be curious to hear your take on those issues. I'm sure both are good options. But pro/con from your perspective would be interesting.
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Hi there,

It depends on what you want to do with it. Getting started with EF isn't hard, but getting the maximum out of it may be harder.

Personally, I've never liked (nor used) DataSets much. EF is a lot cleaner and much easier to maintain and program against.

I won't compare them here as a) I've done that in brief in the book, and b) other have done that extensively already: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...l=&oq=&gs_rfai=


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