Annual SQL Connectivity Customer Survey

Greetings to the Developer community: Microsoft SQL Server team has been interacting on a regular basis with the developers and users in the form of surveys. During the last 2 years, we completed surveys that focused on the broad SQL Connectivity components that address major development platforms, including ODBC, ADO.NET, JDBC and PHP. These surveys… Read more

Data + Application Services + Sync= “It’s Still All Data” (the new again-expanded Data Developer Center)

Last November, at the start of the 2009 PDC, we launched an expanded Data Developer Center that incorporated XML and SQL Server Modeling (formerly “Oslo”) technologies. It was a challenge to create a site structure that could accommodate eight or more distinct technologies under one roof, but it seemed to work well and allowed space… Read more

Data + XML + “Oslo” = “It’s All Data” (the new Data Developer Center)

After some months of planning and execution, we’re delighted to present you with the newly redesigned and expanded Data Developer Center on MSDN! The expanded part here comes from the fact that the Data DevCenter is now home to what used to be two other separate centers, XML and “Oslo”. Actually, the XML DevCenter already… Read more

Announcing Entity Framework & ADO.NET Data Services RTM!

Announcing Entity Framework & ADO.NET Data Services RTM! We are excited to announce the RTM of the Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, including the RTM of the ADO.NET Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services, which raise the level of abstraction for database programming and supply both a new model-based paradigm… Read more

Announcing Project Codename "Velocity"

The advances in processors, memory, storage, and connectivity have paved the way for next-generation applications that are data-driven, whose data could reside anywhere (i.e. on the desktops, mobile devices, servers, and in the cloud) and that require access from anywhere (i.e. local, remote, over the network, from mobile devices, in connected and disconnected mode). This… Read more

Interested in working on the ADO.NET Data Services Framework (aka "Astoria") or XML?

Do you want to work on the next generation of data access APIs for the web?  If so, the Astoria and XML teams are hiring.  If you want to get a feel for the types of problems our team thinks about the solutions we build, check out the earlier posts on this blog as well… Read more

Entity Framework & Data Services Available in VS2008 SP1 Beta

We are very excited about .NET 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008  SP1 and what this update means for developers who use ADO.NET for data development.  This beta marks the entry of the ADO.NET Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services (aka project Astoria) as part of the overall .NET/Visual Studio beta install. This public release… 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

ADO.NET Data Services CTP Released!

The December CTP of ADO.NET Data Services (also known as Project Astoria) has been Released! You can download the CTP here as part of the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions preview release.  For more information on ADO.NET Data Services check out http://blogs.msdn.com/astoriateam/default.aspx . Elisa FlaskoProgram Manager, Data Programmability… Read more

ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 3 Released!

Announcing the release of the ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 3!   The  ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 3 release enables users to visually design models and mappings using Visual Studio 2008 RTM and the .NET Framework 3.5 RTM. This release also incorporates fixes to bugs, performance improvements and includes many features requested by customers.   Elisa Flasko Program… Read more