How We Talk about EF and its Future Versions

  The information in this post is out of date. Visit msdn.com/data/ef for the latest information on current and past releases of EF.   The EF team has been working to become more agile and get new features into your hands faster. Our first two releases shipped as part of the .NET Framework but, as… Read more

Generated SQL Improvements for TPT Queries (June CTP)

  The information in this post is out of date. Visit msdn.com/data/ef for the latest information on current and past releases of EF.   Last year we wrote about some performance considerations when using TPT inheritance in the Entity Framework.  We are pleased to announce that with the Microsoft Entity Framework June 2011 CTP we… Read more

Announcing the Microsoft Entity Framework June 2011 CTP

  The information in this post is out of date. Visit msdn.com/data/ef for the latest information on current and past releases of EF. If you have previously installed this preview, please follow the uninstall instructions detailed below . We are excited to announce the availability of the Microsoft Entity Framework June 2011 CTP. This release… Read more

Walkthrough: Spatial (June CTP)

  The information in this post is out of date. Visit msdn.com/data/ef for the latest information on current and past releases of EF. For Spatial Support in Code First see http://msdn.com/data/hh859721 For Spatial Support in the EF Designer see http://msdn.com/data/jj250903   Spatial data is one of the new features in Entity Framework June 2011 CTP…. Read more

Walkthrough: Enums (June CTP)

  The information in this post is out of date. Visit msdn.com/data/ef for the latest information on current and past releases of EF. For Enum Support in Code First see http://msdn.com/data/hh859576 For Enum Support in the EF Designer see http://msdn.com/data/jj248772   This post will provide an overview of working with enumerated types (“enums”) introduced in… Read more

Walkthrough: Table-Valued Functions (June CTP)

  The information in this post is out of date. Visit msdn.com/data/ef for the latest information on current and past releases of EF. For Table-Valued Functions see http://msdn.com/data/hh859577   Microsoft Entity Framework June 2011 CTP is bringing support for Table-Valued Functions. TVFs are store functions capable of returning table-shaped values. TVFs are similar to Stored… Read more

New Whitepaper: T4 Templates and the Entity Framework

  The information in this post is out of date. Visit msdn.com/data/ef for the latest information on current and past releases of EF.   Recently we published a new whitepaper to MSDN written by Scott Allen that explains what T4 is and how the Entity Framework uses it for code generation.  It starts with an… Read more

Writing an EF-enabled ADO.NET Provider – Part 2

  The information in this post is out of date. Visit msdn.com/data/ef for the latest information on current and past releases of EF. Part 2: Provider Manifest This article outlines how to write the provider manifest for our Entity Framework Provider. We will walk through the different components needed, and look at some important parts… Read more

Data Access Guidance

When considering how your application will connect to a data source, there’s a variety of technologies, patterns, and architectures to consider.  Recently we published a “Summary of Data Access Guidance” on the MSDN Data Developer Center.  If you want to drill deeper into the material, please check out Shyam Pather’s TechEd talk: Data Development GPS:… Read more