Code-First Development with Entity Framework 4
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by Scott Guthrie
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Step by Step Tutorial: Building NerdDinner using a Code-First Approach

Last year I wrote an ASP.NET MVC 1.0 tutorial that was published both online and in a book.  The tutorial walked through creating a simple application, called “NerdDinner”, which provides an easy way for people to organize, host and RSVP for dinners online.  You can read my original ASP.NET V1 NerdDinner tutorial here.  An updated version of the tutorial is also included in the new Professional ASP.NET MVC 2 book.

The NerdDinner tutorial used a “database first approach” where the database schema was defined first, and then we used a Visual Studio designer to create our LINQ to SQL / LINQ to Entities model objects that mapped to it.  

Below I’m going to demonstrate how we could instead use a “code first approach” using EF4 to build the NerdDinner model layer and database schema, and construct a CRUD application using ASP.NET MVC.

We will walkthrough building this application step-by-step.  A download link to a completed version of the sample is available at the end of this blog post.

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