MVC + Code-First + Azure Part 2: Deployment

The information in this post is out of date. Visit for the latest information on current and past releases of EF. In the previous article, you learned how to create a basic MVC application using Code First. In the second and final section you will learn how to prepare and deploy your application to… Read more

MVC + Code-First + Azure Part 1: Local Development

The information in this post is out of date. Visit for the latest information on current and past releases of EF. This entry will guide you through the process of creating a simple workout tracker application using ASP.NET MVC and the Code First development approach.  MVC stands for Model View Controller you can find… 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

Update on LINQ to SQL and LINQ to Entities Roadmap

Since the release of LINQ to SQL and the Entity Framework, many questions have been raised about the future plans for the technologies and how they will relate to each other long term.During this week of PDC we are now at a point, with the announcement of Visual Studio 10 and the .NET Framework 4.0,… Read more

Migrating from LINQ to SQL to Entity Framework: Deferred Loading

Last week, we covered Eager Loading and how to migrate LINQ to SQL based code that took advantage of Eager Loading. This week, we discuss Deferred Loading. Generally speaking, queries only retrieve the objects you request, and not their related objects. Deferred Loading (or Lazy Loading) allows you to automatically load objects on demand if… Read more

Connecting to Pre-Release Versions of SQL Server 2008 – Part Deux

Since posting on the topic of design-time and runtime connectivity to pre-release versions of SQL Server 2008 on the Data blog in November, the set of affected clients (applications, runtimes, and operating systems) have been officially released: Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft .NET Framework v3.5, Microsoft Vista Service Pack 1, and Microsoft Windows 2008. Runtime… Read more

Coming soon to LINQ to SQL

LINQ to SQL went gold a few months ago with the release of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. It has been somewhat quiet since then – and as we near the launch of Visual Studio 2008, you may be wondering what we have been up to.   Things aren’t so quiet over here… Read more

New ADO.NET Team Members – Part 2

Hi – I’m Faisal Mohamood and I’m a Program Manager for LINQ to SQL and Object Services for Entity Framework.  I’m a fairly recent addition to the team, and prior to this I was Program Manager on the Visual Studio Platform team, looking after parts of MSBuild and the Visual Studio platform.   I see… Read more