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The Entity Framework was designed to help developers bridge the gap between the world of object-oriented programming (OOP) and relational database management systems (SQL). It includes an object-relational mapper (ORM) that leverages Language Integrated Query (LINQ) for returning objects from queries against an Entity Data Model. This session provides an in-depth examination of the underlying architecture of the Entity Framework, with specific strategies for improving performance where there are potential bottlenecks. It includes information on how to use Entity Framework with non-Microsoft databases such as Oracle and MySQL, as well as techniques for customizing code-generation and tips for when you should disable convenient features such as lazy loading.