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Dapper vs Entity Framework: What are the differences?
Dapper: A simple object mapper for .Net. It is an object-relational mapping product for the Microsoft.NET platform: it provides a framework for mapping an object-oriented domain model to a traditional relational database; Entity Framework: An object-relational mapper that enables .NET developers to work with relational data. It is an object-relational mapper that enables .NET developers to work with relational data using domain-specific objects. It eliminates the need for most of the data-access code that developers usually need to write.
Dapper and Entity Framework can be categorized as "Object Relational Mapper (ORM)" tools.
Entity Framework is an open source tool with 1.16K GitHub stars and 493 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Entity Framework's open source repository on GitHub.
Mews, IFS, and Insoft are some of the popular companies that use Entity Framework, whereas Dapper is used by Credit Clear, Business Logic, and Knowcross Solution Pvt Ltd. Entity Framework has a broader approval, being mentioned in 64 company stacks & 93 developers stacks; compared to Dapper, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 17 developer stacks.
Pros of Dapper
- Fastest ORM6
Pros of Entity Framework
- Object Oriented3
- Strongly Object-Oriented3
- Multiple approach (Model/Database/Code) first2
- Code first approach2
- Model first approach1
- Auto generated code1
- Strongly typed entities1
- Database first0