The Entity Framework and the Entity Designer have Released! Today marks the official RTM of Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, and we are thrilled to announce the official RTM of the ADO.NET Entity Framework, the ADO.NET Entity Designer and ADO.NET Data Services.
The Entity Framework and Data Services raise the level of abstraction for database programming and supply both a new model-based paradigm and a rich, standards-based framework for creating data-oriented Web services. Powered by rich and integrated tooling, the new ADO.NET Entity Designer lets users instantly leverage the new model-based paradigm in their applications. With the ADO.NET Entity Designer, users can generate models & mappings from an existing database and also create models with complex inheritance hierarchies & mappings in an intuitive, easy to use graphical user interface well integrated with Visual Studio 2008 SP1. The new Entity Data Source Control lets users consume models in their web applications with ease.
With this service pack, Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 also support SQL Server 2008, making the Microsoft platform the most comprehensive environment for database application development. You can find more information on both of these technologies and download SP1 at http://msdn.microsoft.com/data
Stay tuned for more posts covering updates and changes made between the SP1 Beta and RTM.
– ADO.NET Team