LINQ to SQL vs LINQ to Entities


When Do I Use LINQ to SQL?

The primary scenario for using LINQ to SQL is when building applications with a rapid development cycle and a simple one-to-one object to relational mapping against the Microsoft SQL Server family of databases. In other words, when building an application whose object model is structured very similarly to the existing database structure, or when a database for the application does not yet exist and there is no predisposition against creating a database schema that mirrors the object model; you can use LINQ to SQL to map a subset of tables directly to classes, with the required columns from each table represented as properties on the corresponding class. Usually in these scenarios, the database has not and/or will not be heavily normalized.


When do I use LINQ to Entities?

The primary scenario targeted by LINQ to Entities is a flexible and more complex mapping scenario, often seen in the enterprise, where the application is accessing data stored in Microsoft SQL Server or other-third party databases.

In other words, the database in these scenarios contains a physical data structure that could be significantly different from what you expect your object model to look like. Often in these scenarios, the database is not owned or controlled by the application developer(s), but rather owned by a DBA or other third party, possibly preventing application developers from making any changes to the database and requiring them to adapt quickly to database changes that they may not have been aware of.


Via Introducing LINQ to Relational Data


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